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Wed., Nov. 24, 2010, 9:40 a.m.

Marty: Clueless About Valley Cleanup

To hear Idaho Gov. C. L. (Butch) Otter tell it, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should stop short of cleaning up a century's worth of mining contamination in the Silver Valley. Apparently, the Superfund label and the cleanup efforts are hurting the valley's image. "I have heard from legislators, local officials and the people of the Silver Valley, and I share their frustration and concern about the EPA's overreaching and hugely expansive proposal for future cleanup efforts in the valley," Otter wrote. The state's four-member congressional delegation has since joined the chorus. But imagine if Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal followed that approach with the recent BP oil spill. Don't bother extensively restoring the Gulf Coast. All that publicity is bad for the fishing and tourism industries. Just declare the oil all gone/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

  • Eman: "They are wrong to resist in my opinion. The foxes have been watching the hen house long enough and that's what created this mess in the first place."

Question: Are Butch Otter & Idaho's congressional delegation right in resisting efforts by EPA to further clean up the Silver Valley's mining waste?

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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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