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Idaho Delegation Opposes EPA Plan

Idaho's congressional delegation is lining up to oppose the Environmental Protection Agency's mining cleanup plans in the Coeur d'Alene basin. In a joint news release, the delegation took turns criticizing the cost of the plan. Of some note here are comments from 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho. While his district is hundreds of miles from the Coeur d'Alene basin, Simpson sits in a key position on this issue. In a Republican-controlled House, Simpson will chair an appropriations subcommittee with jurisdiction over EPA. "Setting all other arguments aside, there can be no justification for the costs associated with these changes given the current economic challenges facing our nation and the enormous debt Congress and the administration continue to pile on future generations," wrote Simpson/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: Are the costs of the proposed EPA cleanup of the Silver Valley justified in view of the current economic situation in this country?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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