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Priest Lake couple’s land dispute with EPA going to high court

PRIEST LAKE, Idaho – Four years ago, Mike and Chantell Sackett cleared a lot to build a house overlooking one of North Idaho’s most scenic mountain lakes. They pictured a …


Bill would limit federal changes to dust standards

WASHINGTON – Dust regulations for farmers aren’t going to change, the Environmental Protection Agency assured Congress recently. That’s not enough for House Republicans; they want a law. The EPA was …


Feds, Midnite Mine operators reach deal on cleanup

The federal government has reached an agreement with one of the world’s largest mining companies on a $193 million cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation. …


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 …


PCBs still found in products — and river

Yesterday’s news becomes tomorrow’s broadsheet at Inland Empire Paper Co., where the newsprint rolling off the paper machine contains 40 percent recycled fiber content. But there’s a dirty little downside …


Groups say river cleanup is flawed

Two environmental groups are threatening to sue the federal government over what they say are flaws in a long-awaited Spokane River cleanup plan. The Sierra Club and the Center for …


Trace radiation found in Spokane milk

Minimal but still acceptable levels of radiation have been detected in Spokane-area milk, federal health and safety regulators confirmed today.


Hazardous dumping site debate raised

A hazardous waste repository built two years ago near Old Mission State Park has stirred debate among archaeologists about whether federal and state officials complied with historic preservation laws on …


Mining company agrees to $6.8 million settlement in Bunker Hill cleanup

Atlantic Richfield Co. has agreed to pay $6.8 million to the federal government, state of Idaho and the Coeur d’Alene Tribe for its decades-old role in polluting the Coeur d’Alene …


Energy Department wants to remove Hanford reactor

A key Department of Energy report is recommending that the K East Reactor be torn down rather than put into long-term storage like most of Hanford’s other reactors.


Court rules on logging roads, orders EPA regulation

GRANTS PASS, Ore. – A federal appeals court Tuesday decided that mud washing off logging roads is pollution and ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to write regulations to reduce the …


Residents fear cleanup will hinder Silver Valley economy

KELLOGG – 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 …


Cleanup plan for CdA Basin shifts focus from soil to water

As water percolates through old mine workings in the headwaters of the Coeur d’Alene River, it picks up lead, arsenic, zinc and other heavy metals. The metals stunt fish populations …


EPA: Clean-air rule would overturn Bush-era plan

The Obama administration is proposing new rules to tighten restrictions on pollution from coal-burning power plants in the eastern half of the country, a key step to cut emissions that …


Lawmakers pressure EPA on Montana town’s cleanup

BILLINGS – Montana’s congressional delegation is seeking assurances from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that the government will not leave the asbestos-contaminated town of Libby before its cleanup is complete. …


Agencies seek more lead testing

A workshop on how to increase blood-lead testing of children and pregnant women in the Silver Valley is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 29 at Silver …


EPA plans next stage of Superfund cleanup

The silver and lead mines that once flourished in Burke Canyon are a distant memory, but a negative aspect of their legacy lives on in the metals that wash down …


Stigma hampers kids’ blood testing in Silver Valley

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 …


New EPA rule requires more care around lead paint

Contractors across the country must take additional precautions when renovating houses where children could be exposed to lead dust from old paint, a safety measure that could add thousands of …


Rail site cleanup slated for summer

Union Pacific and BNSF Railway have agreed to clean up historic mining waste at old rail sites in Idaho’s Silver Valley.


Sterling Mining proposes $1.25 million penalty

A North Idaho company offered to pay a $1.25 million penalty over unpaid smelter royalties from the Sunshine Mine near Big Creek, Idaho. Sterling Mining Co. reached the proposed agreement …


Blue Tee to pay for mine site cleanup

Blue Tee Corp. will pay $1.36 million to clean up a mining Superfund site in Stevens County. The company operated a mine and milling facility near the community of Leadpoint …


EPA adds lead rules to painters’ prep work

Spokane’s South Hill provides painting contractor Shon Vantuyl with most of his clients. Many of the Craftsman-style homes he works on date to the early 1900s, when lead was a …


Coeur d’Alene Basin mining cleanup hastened

BOISE – Cleanup of contaminated residential yards and other properties in the Coeur d’Alene Basin is so far ahead of schedule that Idaho lawmakers on Thursday authorized speeding up spending …


EPA pushes smog limits

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed stricter health standards for smog, replacing a Bush-era limit that ran counter to scientific recommendations. The new limits – which are …


Spokane, Kootenai could violate EPA’s stricter smog limits

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed stricter health standards for smog, replacing a Bush-era limit that ran counter to scientific recommendations.


EPA moving to regulate greenhouse gas emissions

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration moved closer Monday to issuing regulations on greenhouse gases, a step that would enable it to limit emissions across the economy even if Congress fails …


EPA hopes coal cleanup lets U.S. breathe easier

WASHINGTON – The Environmental Protection Agency is continuing its crackdown on coal pollution with a new plan to cut sulfur dioxide – a move that would clean up the air …


Libby official alleges EPA fraud

BILLINGS – A city councilman in Libby said Thursday that the Environmental Protection Agency owes the asbestos-plagued Superfund community $2 million for the demolition of several contaminated buildings. The city-owned …


Sandpoint byway erosion control draws EPA’s scrutiny, complaint

The Idaho Transportation Department is again in trouble with the federal regulators over faulty erosion controls at a U.S. Highway 95 construction project. An inspector with the U.S. Environmental Protection …