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Trump administration will review pollution rules affecting Spokane River

Rules affecting the amount of cancer-causing chemicals flowing into the Spokane River will be reviewed by the Trump administration. Business and industry groups petitioned for the review last year, urging …


Colville Tribe receives authority to set water quality standards on reservation

The Confederated Colville Tribes has received authority from the federal government to set water quality standards it its reservation.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 19, 2017, 5:38 p.m.

Coeur d’Alene contractor fined for failing to control lead dust during home renovation

A Coeur d’Alene contractor was fined $9,800 for not following proper procedures to control lead dust during renovations on a 95-year-old house. Stricter rules for dust control took effect in …


Harley-Davidson to pay $15 million in EPA settlement

Harley-Davidson agreed to pay $15 million to settle a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency complaint over engine devices for motorcycles that the EPA said caused excessive pollution.


Hot water poses ongoing threat to Columbia River salmon, groups say

Hot water is killing salmon in the reservoirs behind Columbia and Snake river dams, and the federal government must take action to prevent future die-offs of the Northwest’s iconic fish, …


Canadian smelter not responsible for air pollution in U.S., court rules

A Canadian company can’t be held responsible for air pollution that drifted across the border into Washington, members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a recent ruling.


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 …


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.


Grant will address wood smoke pollution in Silver Valley

Reducing pollution from wood smoke in Idaho’s Silver Valley is the focus of a $2.48 million federal grant.


CdA river basin project locates lead deposits

Ed Moreen powered a small motorboat up the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Friday morning, pointing out colorful layers of sediment in the riverbank. The reddish soil was stained by iron …


Feds outline Silver Valley cleanup in N. Idaho

COEUR D’ALENE — The federal government has released its implementation plan for the first 10 years of a massive cleanup of a century’s worth of mining pollution in Idaho’s Silver …


Residents keep track of interaction with river

Huckleberries, venison and salmon. Bitterroot and willowbark.


High court takes Idaho property case

A North Idaho couple’s fight with the federal government over whether their Priest Lake property has wetlands will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday, Supreme Court justices …


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 …


Tribe’s river PCB complaint jeopardizes treatment plant

A permit that was to have been issued last week for Spokane County’s new $173 million sewage treatment plant is on hold. State and federal environmental regulators are to meet …


EPA scaling back basin plan

A controversial plan to install a plastic liner along 10 miles of the Coeur d’Alene River’s south fork probably will be scrapped. By lining the stream, the U.S. Environmental Protection …


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 …


Hecla in tentative deal to pay $263 million over mining waste

Hecla Mining Co. has reached a tentative settlement with the federal government, Coeur d’Alene Tribe and state of Idaho over its role in turning the Coeur d’Alene basin into a …


Hecla says $263 million pollution settlement possible

Hecla Mining Co. has reached a tentative settlement with the federal government, Coeur d’Alene Tribe and state of Idaho over its role in turning the Coeur d’Alene Basin into a …


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 …


Idaho lawmakers blast EPA proposal

Idaho’s congressional delegation is lambasting the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to clean up historic mining waste in the Coeur d’Alene River’s headwaters.


Upper Columbia pollution under study

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling. Researchers have tested 2,300 fish above Grand Coulee Dam for lead, …


Multiyear study of Teck pollution continues

A massive study of industrial pollution in the upper Columbia River is wrapping up its second year of sampling.


Farm penalized for burying waste

Two state agencies have issued penalties totaling $200,200 to a central Washington farming partnership for violating laws regarding dangerous waste and pesticides.


Moon Creek project could be model for CdA basin cleanup

Moon Creek’s east fork was once a nasty little stream. As it flowed past Israel Provo’s pasture, the orange-tinted water left rusty stains on the rocks. As a kid, Provo …


Residents, officials knock Silver Valley mine cleanup plan

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 Protection Agency’s …


County to fight river lawsuit

Spokane County plans to oppose a federal lawsuit that could impair its ability to open a new sewage treatment plant in January 2012. Commissioners moved to defend the county’s interests …


City’s lawsuit blasts EPA river cleanup plan

Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in federal court over a plan to clean pollution in the Spokane River.


Ex-Bunker Hill exec enters British politics

The man accused of stripping millions of dollars from health insurance funds for retirees of the Bunker Hill Mine and Smelter in the early 1990s has resurfaced as the treasurer …