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Mon., Aug. 18, 2014, 8:30 a.m.

High and Dry

WALLACE - When people in North Idaho's Silver Valley heard that decades of mine waste was going to be cleaned up there was a lot of angst about where it would all go.

Which is understandable - some piles are built up like rocky, barren hillsides.

Now, high up in the Nine Mile Creek drainage, on property owned by Coeur d'Alene Trust, a major waste consolidation area is being developed. The Coeur d'Alene Trust was set up through a settlement with Asarco.

All of the mining waste from the Interstate-Callahan and Success mines will go to a spot high and dry near the East Fork of Nine Mile Creek. "It'll be a lined facility and it will be capped, and maintained in perpetuity," said Bill Adams, Coeur d'Alene team leader for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. More here. David Cole, CdA Press

Is this a good solution?




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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.