Linebach Funkhouser went the distance. All the way to Alaska.

The Quartz Hill Molybdenum Mine was located approximately 50 miles east of Ketchikan, Alaska in the Misty Fjords National Monument. The mine had been inactive for approximately 15 years and LFI’s client, a Canada-based mining company, was considering options for selling the property or donating it to the U.S. Forestry Service. LFI was retained to evaluate environmental conditions at the mine, primarily at the former camp facilities, and implement assessment and remediation services, which included the innovative use of cutting-edge chemical oxidation technology.

Because of the remoteness of the facility, the site could be accessed only by small aircraft or boats. Potentially harsh winter weather conditions at the site were also a factor. Therefore, in addition to standard physical remediation measures, LFI implemented cutting-edge in-situ chemical oxidation technology to overcome obstacles of site access and limitations on time for field work caused by the short summer season. LFI prepared an innovative Remediation Work Plan that was approved by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (ADEC). Post-treatment sampling resulted in “no further action” required at the facility by ADEC.

Key Services

  • Site Assessment/Remediation

Regulatory Programs/Issues

  • Difficult Site Access
  • Negotiations with: U.S. Forest Service
  • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation