Stories tagged: Environmental Protection Agency
TUESDAY, JUNE 2, 2015
Hecla agrees to $600,000 fine for pollution
Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for releasing heavy metals and other pollution into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River during a five-year period. …
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015
B.C. smelter spewed heavy metals into Upper Columbia River valley
Smokestacks from a Canadian smelter deposited high levels of lead and arsenic into the Upper Columbia River valley, new soil testing has confirmed. To protect children from lead exposure, the …
TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2015
Judge orders state to set PCB discharge limits for Spokane River
The state of Washington’s cleanup plan for the Spokane River doesn’t adequately address cancer-causing PCBs, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said the federal government erred …
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4, 2015
Spokane County to pay EPA $100,000 for soil tests at vermiculite site
Spokane County will pay more than $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for soil testing costs at a former asbestos processing site in the West Central neighborhood. The agreement between …
THURSDAY, DEC. 18, 2014, 5:37 P.M.
EPA will create fish consumption rule for Washington
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will come up with its own water quality standards for Washington state that are partly tied to how much fish people eat.
TUESDAY, NOV. 25, 2014
Progress seen in Coeur d’Alene River Basin cleanup efforts
Cleaning up historic mine waste is paying dividends for water quality in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin, according to a new report published by the U.S. Geological Survey. The report …
TUESDAY, OCT. 7, 2014
Idaho cities must reduce river discharges of phosphorus
Idaho cities will be required to cut their discharge of phosphorus into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality. The new …
MONDAY, OCT. 6, 2014, 12:24 P.M.
Idaho cities must meet tougher phosphorus standards
Idaho cities will be required to cut their phosphorus discharges into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 4, 2014
Union Pacific faces lawsuit over cleanup costs
A company that operated more than 20 mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley over the past century can sue a railroad that hauled ore to try to recover some of the …
TUESDAY, AUG. 19, 2014
Wood stove maker opposes stricter pollution limits
RATHDRUM – Proposed federal regulations that would require new wood stoves to burn cleaner are under attack from manufacturers, who say the new pollution limits are too strict. “I’m all …
THURSDAY, AUG. 14, 2014
Idaho mine cleanup aims to create new land
NINE MILE CANYON, Idaho – More than a century ago, prospectors hit pay dirt in this narrow, forested canyon, extracting a fortune in silver, lead and zinc from four mining …
TUESDAY, JULY 29, 2014, 2:02 P.M.
Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little
DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not …
TUESDAY, JULY 22, 2014
Judge encourages attorneys to explore a settlement in PCBs lawsuit
SEATTLE – A federal judge should order state and federal agencies to set strict limits for the amount of a cancer-causing chemical that can go into the Spokane River because …
MONDAY, JUNE 23, 2014, 9:53 A.M.
Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for …
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 2014, 1:08 P.M.
EPA to spend $38 million on Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup
Federal officials plan to spend $38 million in northern Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin this summer cleaning up toxic pollution left from a century worth of mining in the region.
TUESDAY, APRIL 29, 2014, 8:48 A.M.
High court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 2014
Scientists survey Coeur d’Alene River for heavy metals
The Coeur d’Alene River ran hard and muddy Tuesday in Rose Lake, engulfing beaches, claiming low-lying fields and pushing deep into the floodplain. But the churning waters created ideal conditions …
FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014, 9:57 A.M.
EPA starts process that could restrict Pebble Mine
JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a …
FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
Draft wastewater permits released for Idaho cities
Idaho cities will be required to cut the amount of phosphorus they discharge into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality, …
SATURDAY, MARCH 30, 2013
Water pollution limits stalled
The Washington state Department of Ecology has known since the 1990s that its water-pollution limits mean some Washingtonians regularly consume dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals in fish from local waterways. …
TUESDAY, MARCH 19, 2013
EPA eyes basin cleanup projects
Federal officials want suggestions for small-scale cleanup projects in the lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin, which is contaminated by toxic metals from more than a century of hard-rock mining in …
THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2012
High court backs Idahoans
A Priest Lake, Idaho, couple has prevailed in a property rights case involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Supreme Court sided unanimously with Mike and Chantell Sackett, who …
THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2012
Sacketts tell panel about EPA woe
WASHINGTON – A North Idaho couple took their fight against the Environmental Protection Agency to Congress this week, saying the federal government is destroying people’s lives. Mike and Chantell Sackett, …
THURSDAY, FEB. 16, 2012
Curtailed Silver Valley cleanup is ‘interim’ EPA plan
Three decades from now, Silver Valley residents could still be living in a Superfund site, under the federal government’s scaled-back cleanup plans. After an outcry from Idaho’s elected officials and …
MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2012, 9:06 A.M.
Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with ID homeowners
Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners.
SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2012
Idaho wetlands fight in high court Monday
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the opening arguments in Sackett v. EPA on Monday, a Priest Lake couple’s fight over whether their building lot contains wetlands. Mike and Chantell …
SUNDAY, NOV. 6, 2011
Priest Lake couple’s land dispute with EPA going to high court
PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett cleared a lot to build a house overlooking one of North Idaho’s most scenic mountain lakes. They pictured a …
THURSDAY, OCT. 27, 2011
Bill would limit federal changes to dust standards
WASHINGTON – Dust regulations for farmers aren’t going to change, the Environmental Protection Agency assured Congress recently. That’s not enough for House Republicans; they want a law. The EPA was …
SATURDAY, OCT. 1, 2011
Feds, Midnite Mine operators reach deal on cleanup
The federal government has reached an agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies on a $193 million cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation. …
FRIDAY, SEPT. 9, 2011
Hecla Superfund settlement approved
A federal judge has approved a $263.4 million settlement with Hecla Mining Co. that resolves one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits. The money paid by Hecla will be used …