Stories tagged: Superfund
Wed., Feb. 21, 2018
Getting the zinc out: Major cleanup project will improve health of the Coeur d’Alene River
A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …
Tue., May 16, 2017, 1:48 p.m.
Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley
If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 8:37 a.m.
Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret
A judge says he won’t open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation’s largest Superfund site.
Mon., Dec. 5, 2016, 5:59 p.m.
Meetings will discuss efforts to restore natural resources damaged by historic mine waste
Three meetings in North Idaho this week will discuss plans for restoring natural resources damaged by the release of historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin.
Wed., Sept. 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill
A Colorado mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states was designated a Superfund site Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar federal …
Thu., June 23, 2016, 5:30 p.m.
With help from bankruptcy, cleanup of mine at former Idaho boom town begins
An environmental trust set up during Asarco Inc.’s bankruptcy is among the largest of its kind in the nation. The trust is expected to pay for 30 to 40 years …
Fri., May 27, 2016, 4:20 p.m.
Water system contract issued for Bunk Hill site
A Pennsylvania company was awarded a $48 million contract to expand a water treatment system at the Bunker Hill Superfund site near Kellogg. AMEC Foster Wheeler Environmental & Infrastructure Inc. …
Mon., March 28, 2016
Decadeslong Silver Valley heavy metal cleanup program winding down
More than 7,000 Silver Valley properties have had contaminated soil replaced to protect children from lead exposure. Superfund managers are encouraging remaining property owners to get their parcels tested before …
Mon., Feb. 8, 2016, 5:37 p.m.
Jet boat races could expand to four regional rivers in May
Jet boats could race up the Coeur d’Alene River in May as part of a four-river jet boat championship.
UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015, 12:59 p.m.
Freeman grain facility added to Superfund list
A grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington, has been designated as a Superfund site.
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 …
Tue., March 24, 2015, 11:34 a.m.
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.
Tue., 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 …
Wed., Nov. 19, 2014
Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions
Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …
Thu., 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 …
Thu., June 19, 2014
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 …
Mon., April 28, 2014
Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan
WELLPINIT, Wash. – Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine. As the …
Thu., Jan. 30, 2014
Lead cleanup working in Silver Valley, official says
BOISE – Cleanup of mining waste in the most contaminated part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin appears to be working, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality chief told state lawmakers Wednesday. …
Thu., Nov. 21, 2013
Cleanup of Midnite Mine on reservation to begin by 2015
Newmont Mining Co. expects to begin cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation by 2015. The company is working on design proposals for the remediation of …
Sat., Aug. 17, 2013
Restoring Nine Mile Canyon
NINE MILE CANYON, Idaho – Before his big break came, Jim Callahan spent 17 years searching for the mother lode. The Michigan native staked his claim in this narrow, forested …
Wed., Aug. 29, 2012
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. …
Sun., Aug. 12, 2012
Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag
In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …
Sat., May 12, 2012
Meeting will cover CdA Basin cleanup
Superfund work in the Coeur d’Alene Basin will be discussed Wednesday during an all-day meeting of the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the …
Thu., 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 …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2012, 1:06 p.m.
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 …
Wed., Feb. 15, 2012
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 …
Tue., Feb. 14, 2012, 4:18 p.m.
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 …
Fri., 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 …
Tue., June 14, 2011
Hecla Mining Co. settles Superfund cleanup lawsuit
The owner of Idaho’s oldest operating silver mine agreed to pay $263.4 million plus interest to clean up historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene Basin, resolving one of the …
Mon., June 13, 2011, 10:01 a.m.
Hecla agrees to Superfund settlement
The largest mining company in Idaho’s Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits — one of the top 10 such …