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The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, and one of its major investors is facing fraud charges.
The company that hoped to reopen the Bunker Hill Mine later this year has defaulted on its lease-purchase option payment.
Bunker Hill Mining Co. is behind on $400,000 in lease-purchase payments to the owner of the underground lead-zinc-silver property. The company has until Oct. 14 to make the outstanding payment.
In a move that could allow the storied Bunker Hill Mine in Kellogg to reopen, the federal government has settled a longstanding Superfund lawsuit against its owner.
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 90.
Stanly Easton, chairman of the Bunker Hill Mining Co., built a 14,000-square-foot house in Coeur d’Alene’s Sanders Beach neighborhood in 1922. The historic home is on the market for about $8 million.
There’s talk once again of reopening the storied Bunker Hill Mine in the Silver Valley.
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. is expected to start the design work shortly. The four-year contract covers construction and the initial year of operations.
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 the world’s largest lead producers. Hopper, 71, died Tuesday at Kootenai Medical Center. He was an outspoken advocate for the mining industry in Idaho’s Silver Valley, but didn’t realize his dream of reopening the Bunker Hill on a large scale.
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 of Britain's Conservative Party. David John Rowland and another executive allegedly transferred nearly $200 million worth of Bunker Hill assets overseas when Rowland was chief executive officer of Gulf Resources and Chemical Co.
In the early 1970s, Kellogg’s bleak backdrop reminded Ed Pommerening of Vietnam. Bare hills rising from the historic mining town bore an eerie resemblance to the napalmed jungles the young forester saw during his stint as an Army ranger.
Stigmas associated with “being leaded” discourage parents living in the Bunker Hill Superfund site from getting their children tested for lead exposure, says a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Parents felt “blame, shame and guilt” if their kids had elevated blood-lead levels, the research indicated. They also feared that a child identified as having a high blood-lead level would become a target of public ridicule.