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EPA proposes water quality rules to protect fish eaters

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is following through on its promise to propose a new clean-water rule for Washington, in case the state doesn’t come up with its own plan …


Oil spill closes St. Joe River; origin sought

An oil sheen on 1 1/2 miles of the St. Joe River is restricting boating traffic on the river and at the Aqua Park beach and boat launch in St. …


Sackett, who took on EPA, gets prison in sex case

A Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in a wetlands dispute decided by the nation’s highest court will spend more than a year in prison for a …


Idaho Transportation Department to pay $52K in fines for asbestos error

The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay nearly $52,000 in fines for demolishing a Priest River office building that was riddled with asbestos, without taking precautions to keep the …


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. …


Spokane wins EPA grant for Hillyard brownfields cleanup

The city of Spokane recently won a $200,000 federal environmental grant as part of its plan to clean up and redevelop contaminated industrial sites in the Hillyard area. The grant …


UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2015, 7:47 a.m.

EPA seeks Superfund listing for Freeman grain elevator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a grain elevator in Freeman listed as a Superfund site to remove high levels of a toxic pesticide that’s leaching into groundwater. The EPA …


EPA proposes adding Freeman grain facility to Superfund cleanup list

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add a grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington to the national Superfund cleanup list.


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 …


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 …


Idaho to oversee $50 million endowment for mining, water cleanup

BOISE – Idaho’s state endowment fund has been showing strong returns, so state officials had no qualms this week about putting the board that oversees the fund in charge of …


Idaho taking over water pollution permitting from feds

BOISE – Despite Idaho’s vaunted distaste for the federal government, it’s one of just four states where getting a permit for dumping pollutants into waterways requires dealing with the federal …


Idaho House kills bill to circumvent EPA

BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives has dumped a bill that attempted to nullify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory authority in the state, acknowledging the bill is likely unconstitutional. …


Idaho House committee passes bill nullifying EPA in the state

BOISE – An Idaho House committee passed a bill Thursday to attempt to nullify the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the state, though the state attorney general says the measure …


Eye on Boise: Advocates promote budget that restores Medicaid cuts

BOISE – Advocates for people with disabilities say Idaho could both restore cuts made to its Medicaid program in 2011 and fix flaws in the current system if it followed …


EPA blamed for delays in Libby asbestos studies

BILLINGS – Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency last week for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where …


EPA to begin cleanup of Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year

After nearly three decades of talking and planning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to begin cleaning up mining waste in the upper Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year. …


EPA seeks cleaner ethanol by using grain sorghum

BISMARCK, N.D. – The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say …


Judge bars Teck ‘divisibility’ bid

The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington won a victory in a pretrial phase of a lawsuit against Teck Resources for dumping millions of tons of smelter slag into …


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 …


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, …


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 …


Idaho’s Silver Valley may have long-term Superfund label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to scale back cleanup work in the Silver Valley comes with a catch: At the end of 30 years, the upper Coeur d’Alene River …


EPA will slash CdA River Basin cleanup plan

BOISE – The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told …


CdA Basin cleanup scaled back dramatically

The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told Tuesday. Instead of …


Property owners tangle with EPA over wetland

BOISE – An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a North Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Rep. …


Another Idaho landowner gets into wetlands wrangle with EPA

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a northern Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter …


Obama halts controversial EPA regulation

President Barack Obama today scrapped his administration’s controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.


ITD fines increase for water violations

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur …


Colville Tribes call Teck smelter study ‘deficient’

Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed in a historic settlement to assess the impact of its pollution on U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort …