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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

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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.