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SILVER-ZINC-LEAD MINING: Bellekeno production resumes after wildfire

YUKON – Alexco Resource Corp. of Vancouver says full production has resumed at its Bellekeno silver-zinc-lead project at Keno City. On Friday, June 22, 2012, a lightning strike triggered a fire 2 km from town and the company’s mill...



YUKON – Alexco Resource Corp. of Vancouver says full production has resumed at its Bellekeno silver-zinc-lead project at Keno City. On Friday, June 22, 2012, a lightning strike triggered a fire 2 km from town and the company’s mill facility. An orderly shutdown of the mine, mill and surface exploration was initiated as a precaution.

The wildfire was contained overnight by Yukon Wildland Fire Management with the assistance of Alexco personnel, and operational restart of the mine and mill commenced Saturday. The fire management service declared the wildfire to be under control by Sunday afternoon.

Including time required for operational restart, it is anticipated that Bellekeno production will have been disrupted by this incident for approximately two days.

More information about the Bellekeno project is posted at AlexcoResource.com.