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The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms the rights of public utilities to dispose of land as they see fit, but may allow governments to “play fast and loose with the rules,” an attorney for the group challenging the sale said.
The Supreme Court on Monday made it harder for some Montana landowners to pursue additional cleanup at a Superfund contamination site beyond what the Environmental Protection Agency has agreed to do.
The Supreme Court delivered a setback Monday to Montana homeowners who are seeking additional cleanup of arsenic left over from years of copper smelting.
The controversial silicon smelter project is tied up in multiple lawsuits and its parent company has been mum on its future plans with officials at the local and state level. That has led to speculation the project has been abandoned, but there’s been no official word yet.
The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to “rural land,” opening the door to industrial development.
A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance” by Gov. Jay Inslee – an endorsement of the project and a signal to fast-track its approval. It was a surprising move from our climate-activist governor and it deserves a closer look.
Responsible Growth*Northeast Washington, the group that filed the appeal, responded by vowing to fight on, while PacWest Silicon, the company behind the smelter project, promised patience to see the project through.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal from Teck Metals, which operates a smelter on the Columbia River north of the U.S./Canada border. The decision means Teck must pay more than $8 million to the Colville Confederated Tribe for costs related to clean-up of toxic slag that was discharged into the river for 65 years.
A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed by the Washington Ecology Department and a public trust tasked with cleaning decades of contamination.
Opponents of a proposed silicon smelter in Newport are hosting a Wednesday, Oct. 17 evening workshop at Gonzaga University to help members of the public submit comments.
Voters will notice something familiar about the ballot for the 7th District Senate race – it features the same two women who faced each other in a special election last November. Democrat Karen Hardy is once again running against incumbent Republican Sen. Shelly Short, who was appointed to the position in early 2017 after serving in the House of Representatives since 2008. Short won the special election to keep her seat, taking nearly 68 percent of the vote. The race between the two may not have changed much since then; in the August primary, Short took 67 percent.
Longtime Whitworth University educator Randy Michaelis wants to represent northeast Washington in the state Legislature as a Democrat. But to do that, he will have to defeat Republican incumbent state Rep. Jacqueline Maycumber in the November election. And she appears to have an advantage. She took 67 percent of the vote in the August primary.
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the start of the United Steelworkers’ strike against Kaiser Aluminum. About 2,100 hourly employees at the company’s Trentwood and Mead plants walked out in what became a bruising, two-year labor dispute.
About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.
A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.
A controversial silicon smelter proposed near Newport is the topic of four upcoming public meetings.
A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.
A Canadian company that wants to build a controversial silicon smelter near Newport says it’s ready to start the environmental review process. Meanwhile, citizens groups have challenge the sale of public land for the smelter site, and the Kalispel Tribe is questioning $300,000 in state money awarded to the company.
The state of Washington will look for money to conduct air quality monitoring downwind of a Canadian smelter, after the federal government declined to restart the testing.
Residents fighting a Northeast Washington silicon smelter are challenging the sale of public land to HiTest Sand, the Alberta company trying to build the smelter.