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EPA issues new ozone standard, setting up clash with GOP

The Obama administration set a new national ozone standard Thursday, tightening limits on the smog-forming pollution linked to asthma and respiratory illness.


Oil spill closes St. Joe River; origin sought

An oil sheen on 1 1/2 miles of the St. Joe River is restricting boating traffic on the river and at the Aqua Park beach and boat launch in St. …


State’s clean water rules update postponed for reassessment

OLYMPIA – A major rewrite of the state’s clean water rules was put on hold Friday as Gov. Jay Inslee ordered the Department of Ecology to “reassess” the plan he …


Clearwater Paper settles pollution case for $1.1 million

Clearwater Paper Corp. has agreed to pay $1.1 million to settle allegations of federal Clean Air Act violations at its Lewiston mill. The Spokane-based company will pay a $300,000 civil …


Hecla agrees to $600,000 fine for pollution

Hecla Mining Co. has agreed to pay $600,000 in fines for releasing heavy metals and other pollution into the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River during a five-year period. …


B.C. smelter spewed heavy metals into Upper Columbia River valley

Smokestacks from a Canadian smelter deposited high levels of lead and arsenic into the Upper Columbia River valley, new soil testing has confirmed. To protect children from lead exposure, the …


Judge orders state to set PCB discharge limits for Spokane River

The state of Washington’s cleanup plan for the Spokane River doesn’t adequately address cancer-causing PCBs, a federal judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein said the federal government erred …


Spokane County to pay EPA $100,000 for soil tests at vermiculite site

Spokane County will pay more than $100,000 to the Environmental Protection Agency for soil testing costs at a former asbestos processing site in the West Central neighborhood. The agreement between …


EPA will create fish consumption rule for Washington

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will come up with its own water quality standards for Washington state that are partly tied to how much fish people eat.


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 …


Idaho cities must reduce river discharges of phosphorus

Idaho cities will be required to cut their discharge of phosphorus into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality. The new …


Idaho cities must meet tougher phosphorus standards

Idaho cities will be required to cut their phosphorus discharges into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality.


Union Pacific faces lawsuit over cleanup costs

A company that operated more than 20 mines in Idaho’s Silver Valley over the past century can sue a railroad that hauled ore to try to recover some of the …


Wood stove maker opposes stricter pollution limits

RATHDRUM – Proposed federal regulations that would require new wood stoves to burn cleaner are under attack from manufacturers, who say the new pollution limits are too strict. “I’m all …


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 …


Clean-air rules assailed as too much, too little

DENVER — Hundreds of people across the country lined up Tuesday to tell the Environmental Protection Agency that its new rules for power-plant pollution either go too far or not …


Judge encourages attorneys to explore a settlement in PCBs lawsuit

SEATTLE – A federal judge should order state and federal agencies to set strict limits for the amount of a cancer-causing chemical that can go into the Spokane River because …


Justices limit existing EPA global warming rules

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday placed limits on the sole Obama administration program already in place to deal with power plant and factory emissions of gases blamed for …


EPA to spend $38 million on Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup

Federal officials plan to spend $38 million in northern Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin this summer cleaning up toxic pollution left from a century worth of mining in the region.


High court revives EPA rule on cross-state pollution

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed the Obama administration an important victory in its effort to reduce power plant pollution that contributes to unhealthy air in neighboring states.


Scientists survey Coeur d’Alene River for heavy metals

The Coeur d’Alene River ran hard and muddy Tuesday in Rose Lake, engulfing beaches, claiming low-lying fields and pushing deep into the floodplain. But the churning waters created ideal conditions …


EPA starts process that could restrict Pebble Mine

JUNEAU, Alaska — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is taking the first steps toward possibly restricting or even prohibiting development of a massive gold-and-copper prospect near the headwaters of a …


Draft wastewater permits released for Idaho cities

Idaho cities will be required to cut the amount of phosphorus they discharge into the Spokane River by more than 90 percent over the next decade to protect water quality, …


Water pollution limits stalled

The Washington state Department of Ecology has known since the 1990s that its water-pollution limits mean some Washingtonians regularly consume dangerous amounts of toxic chemicals in fish from local waterways. …


EPA eyes basin cleanup projects

Federal officials want suggestions for small-scale cleanup projects in the lower Coeur d’Alene River Basin, which is contaminated by toxic metals from more than a century of hard-rock mining in …


High court backs Idahoans

A Priest Lake, Idaho, couple has prevailed in a property rights case involving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The U.S. Supreme Court sided unanimously with Mike and Chantell Sackett, who …


Sacketts tell panel about EPA woe

WASHINGTON – A North Idaho couple took their fight against the Environmental Protection Agency to Congress this week, saying the federal government is destroying people’s lives. Mike and Chantell Sackett, …


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 …


Justices criticize EPA’s dealings with ID homeowners

Several Supreme Court justices are criticizing the Environmental Protection Agency for heavy-handed enforcement of rules affecting homeowners.


Idaho wetlands fight in high court Monday

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear the opening arguments in Sackett v. EPA on Monday, a Priest Lake couple’s fight over whether their building lot contains wetlands. Mike and Chantell …