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EPA proposes adding Freeman grain facility to Superfund cleanup list

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to add a grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington to the national Superfund cleanup list.


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 …


Idaho to oversee $50 million endowment for mining, water cleanup

BOISE – Idaho’s state endowment fund has been showing strong returns, so state officials had no qualms this week about putting the board that oversees the fund in charge of …


Idaho taking over water pollution permitting from feds

BOISE – Despite Idaho’s vaunted distaste for the federal government, it’s one of just four states where getting a permit for dumping pollutants into waterways requires dealing with the federal …


Idaho House kills bill to circumvent EPA

BOISE – Idaho’s House of Representatives has dumped a bill that attempted to nullify the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory authority in the state, acknowledging the bill is likely unconstitutional. …


Idaho House committee passes bill nullifying EPA in the state

BOISE – An Idaho House committee passed a bill Thursday to attempt to nullify the federal Environmental Protection Agency in the state, though the state attorney general says the measure …


Eye on Boise: Advocates promote budget that restores Medicaid cuts

BOISE – Advocates for people with disabilities say Idaho could both restore cuts made to its Medicaid program in 2011 and fix flaws in the current system if it followed …


EPA blamed for delays in Libby asbestos studies

BILLINGS – Internal investigators faulted the Environmental Protection Agency last week for years of delays in completing health studies needed to guide the cleanup of a Montana mining town where …


EPA to begin cleanup of Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year

After nearly three decades of talking and planning, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is set to begin cleaning up mining waste in the upper Coeur d’Alene River Basin next year. …


EPA seeks cleaner ethanol by using grain sorghum

BISMARCK, N.D. – The federal government is on the verge of approving a grain mainly used as livestock feed to make a cleaner version of ethanol, a decision officials say …


Judge bars Teck ‘divisibility’ bid

The Colville Tribes and the state of Washington won a victory in a pretrial phase of a lawsuit against Teck Resources for dumping millions of tons of smelter slag into …


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 …


Idaho’s Silver Valley may have long-term Superfund label

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s decision to scale back cleanup work in the Silver Valley comes with a catch: At the end of 30 years, the upper Coeur d’Alene River …


EPA will slash CdA River Basin cleanup plan

BOISE – The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene River Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told …


CdA Basin cleanup scaled back dramatically

The proposed $1.3 billion Superfund cleanup of a century of mining contamination in North Idaho’s Coeur d’Alene Basin is being scaled back significantly, Idaho lawmakers were told Tuesday. Instead of …


Property owners tangle with EPA over wetland

BOISE – An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a North Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Rep. …


Another Idaho landowner gets into wetlands wrangle with EPA

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a northern Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter …


Obama halts controversial EPA regulation

President Barack Obama today scrapped his administration’s controversial plans to tighten smog rules, bowing to the demands of congressional Republicans and some business leaders.


ITD fines increase for water violations

BOISE – The Idaho Transportation Department has agreed to pay more than $1 million in fines for Clean Water Act violations related to construction on Highway 95 south of Coeur …


Colville Tribes call Teck smelter study ‘deficient’

Five years after a Canadian mining smelter agreed in a historic settlement to assess the impact of its pollution on U.S. waters, an American Indian tribe is calling the effort …


Minimal levels of radiation detected in area milk during federal testing

Consumers were told Wednesday not to worry about low levels of radiation found by federal health and safety regulators testing milk samples in Spokane. “After the disaster in Japan, many …


Editorial: EPA should shorten its Superfund time frames

Since the late 19th century, mining has contributed richly to the economic health of North Idaho. But its legacy for the region’s physical and environmental health has been decidedly harmful. …


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 …


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 …


Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


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 …