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Minimal levels of radiation detected in area milk during federal testing

Consumers were told Wednesday not to worry about low levels of radiation found by federal health and safety regulators testing milk samples in Spokane. “After the disaster in Japan, many …


Editorial: EPA should shorten its Superfund time frames

Since the late 19th century, mining has contributed richly to the economic health of North Idaho. But its legacy for the region’s physical and environmental health has been decidedly harmful. …


Plan for CdA Basin cleanup gets 7,000 comments

Federal officials are wading through nearly 7,000 public comments on a controversial plan to clean up mine waste in the upper Coeur d’Alene Basin. So far, actions proposed for the …


Bunker Hill Mine owner dies at 71

Bob Hopper bought the defunct Bunker Hill Mine at a salvage sale and never lost his optimism that the old mine could return to its glory days as one of …


Zanetti Brothers agrees to share of basin cleanup

One of the Silver Valley’s oldest family-run companies has reached a $200,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Superfund cleanup of historic mine waste. Zanetti Brothers Inc. will …


Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


Residents fear cleanup will hinder Silver Valley economy

KELLOGG – Too far-reaching, too costly. Another knock for the Silver Valley. That was the consensus of public testimony Monday evening at a town hall meeting on the U.S. Environmental …


EPA: Clean-air rule would overturn Bush-era plan

The Obama administration is proposing new rules to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that …


New EPA rule requires more care around lead paint

Contractors across the country must take additional precautions when renovating houses where children could be exposed to lead dust from old paint, a safety measure that could add thousands of …


Blue Tee to pay for mine site cleanup

Blue Tee Corp. will pay $1.36 million to clean up a mining Superfund site in Stevens County. The company operated a mine and milling facility near the community of Leadpoint …


Spokane, Kootenai could violate EPA’s stricter smog limits

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed stricter health standards for smog, replacing a Bush-era limit that ran counter to scientific recommendations.


Chemicals dispute plagues milfoil battle

August in Sandpoint. There are few settings more ideal for a summer vacation. The weather is warm and the lake temperature is just right for swimming, skiing, wakeboarding and tubing. …


EPA retests Spokane yards for asbestos

Yards near W.R. Grace’s former Zonolite factory in Spokane are being retested for asbestos with new technology that can detect the cancer-causing fibers at ever lower levels.


Hession applies for EPA position

A former Spokane mayor and a top Senate staffer are among applicants for Northwest jobs in the Obama administration. Former Mayor Dennis Hession has applied to be the top administrator …


Hession, Murray aide up for Obama posts

A former Spokane mayor and a top Senate staffer are among applicants for Northwest jobs in the Obama administration.


EPA moves toward regulating carbon dioxide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare, taking the first step to …


EPA wants feedback on field-burning rule

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is calling for public comments on a proposed rule change to allow Idaho to bring back field burning under a new regulatory system – a …


DEQ director calls lake plan ‘difficult issue’

BOISE – Idaho lawmakers are worried that the state still lacks the cooperative lake management plan for Lake Coeur d’Alene that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said would prevent it …