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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018

Grand Coulee Dam operator to pay $115,000 over hazardous waste violations

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation agreed to pay $115,000 to settle violations related to improper handling of hazardous waste at Grand Coulee Dam.


State fines feds, contractor for mishandling Hanford waste

State regulators have fined the federal government and one of its contractors $50,000 for mishandling hazardous waste at Hanford.


Oregon State University to pay $275,000 for hazardous waste violations

Oregon State University has agreed to pay $275,000 in a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency, which found multiple hazardous waste violations during a 2013 inspection of the Corvallis campus.


New website shows options for disposing hazardous waste

Got a few worn-out tires in your garage? An old television set you aren’t using? A box of spent compact fluorescent light bulbs? A new website provides links to Spokane-area …


Wal-Mart pleads guilty in Calif hazardous waste

SAN FRANCISCO — Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to charges the company dumped hazardous waste in California.


Spokane Valley company fined for dumping landfill waste

A Spokane Valley waste-handling business will pay thousands of dollars for dumping hazardous waste in a local landfill. Emerald Services Inc., located on North Sullivan Road in Spokane Valley, will …


Do Your Part: Use electricity wisely, lessen unsafe waste

Spring is almost in the air – but that’s not all, unfortunately. Mercury and a whole host of other hazardous pollutants are present, too. One of the best ways to …


Do Your Part: Take care with hazardous waste

We all have one – that shelf or cabinet with leftover paints, old bug killers and unwanted cleaners. You don’t want that toxic stuff near your kids or pets so …


Hazardous waste volume declines

BOISE – Idaho generated far less hazardous waste in 2009 – 28.6 percent less – than the year before, and imported a third less. An annual report to the governor …


Suicide, Shifting Stories Imperil Probe Case Of Illegally Dumped Toxins Yields 3 Years Of Twists, Turns

Some of the 32 recovered barrels containing cyanide and other chemicals were found at a site east of Fernan Lake, one of three places they were dumped. File/The Spokesman-Review


Locke Asks Limit On Fertilizer Toxin Washington Would Be First State To Have Restrictions

Washington may soon be the first state to limit toxic chemicals in fertilizer. Gov. Gary Locke on Thursday proposed limiting levels of nine heavy metals - including lead, arsenic and …


Doe Fights State Fine From Hanford Accident State Penalized Agency For Handling Of Waste; Hanford Calls Chemicals ‘Usable’

The U.S. Department of Energy is contesting most of the $110,000 fine levied by the state for a May explosion at a plutonium processing plant. The issue is the definition …


Oil, Solvents In Water Pose Low Health Risk State Tracks Contaminants From Fairchild

Contaminated ground water from Fairchild Air Force Base is not expected to cause health problems for Airway Heights residents, according to a state Department of Health assessment released Wednesday. “The …


Comment Sought On Floodplain Cleanup

A plan to spend $1 million cleaning up heavy metal contamination in the Osburn area is open for public comment. The Silver Valley Natural Resource Trustees are planning to remove …


River Cited In Lawsuit To Block Dumping

Two environmental groups filed a federal lawsuit Monday aimed at preventing acidic material from being dumped into a waste pond at the Thompson Creek molybdenum mine west of Challis. “We …


Historic Mill Site Focus Of Silver Valley Cleanup Project Estimated At $1 Million Scheduled For This Summer

The Frisco Mill, once dynamited by union activists, is soon to be targeted by bulldozers. The historic mill site north of Wallace is part of an estimated $1 million, mile-long …


Human Waste Spill Disrupts Ohio Traffic

About 200 gallons of human waste spilled out of a truck and onto a busy interstate Monday, tying up traffic for hours. One person suffered minor injuries and eight cars …


Agency Wants More Testing Of Asarco Site

The state Ecology Department is demanding more information on toxic residues at the site of a long-vanished smelter in Everett. The department’s enforcement order to Asarco Inc. also covers preparation …


Craig Bill Shifts Cleanup Authority Plan Calls For Advisory Panel To Work With Governor On Mine Pollution

Mining companies are counting on federal legislation to help speed the cleanup of the Coeur d’Alene Basin and save on court costs. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, plans to introduce a …


Chemical Fumes Force Evacuation

More than 200 nursing home patients were evacuated in a freezing rain for more than three hours Wednesday, after chemicals dumped in a basement drain sent fumes through the building. …


Bannock County To Take Action On Solvent Pollution

Bannock County officials have agreed to move beyond more studies toward action to clean up a cancer-causing solvent that is polluting the underground water supply for Pocatello and Chubbuck. “We’re …


Comments Sought On Lake Cleanup Plan

The Coeur d’Alene Tribe, the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are seeking public comment on the second phase of the Coeur d’Alene Basin Natural Resource …


Chinese Intercept Shipment Of Radioactive Scrap Metal

Chinese customs officials have intercepted a 78-ton shipment of radioactive scrap metal from the United States, some of which registered 30 times the official safety limit. The discovery follows Chinese …


Towers Gone, But Cleanup Continues

Stuck in traffic after the demolition, some people used the time to play on the sidewalk. From bottom left are Alex Gauper, 6, Laura Sanborn, 10, Carol Gauper, Linsey Gauper, …


Coalition Fears Asarco’s Cleanup Plans For Silver Mine Company Says Experimental Treatment System Will Be Safe

Environmentalists are rallying residents here to fight ASARCO’s Rock Creek silver mine, saying the operation will pollute Lake Pend Oreille. “The issue is water. Period,” said Diane Williams, a member …


Washed-Up Container Sickens 2 Men

Two Kingston men became ill Monday morning after handling a 55-gallon drum they found on the banks of the Coeur d’Alene River. The unidentified men apparently were walking along the …


Cleanup Effort Rejuvenating Canyon Creek Project Replaces Tons Of Mine Waste With Trees, Rocks, Native Vegetation

When Barbara Kitchen used to drive up Burke Canyon, she never thought twice about the barren, rocky valley floor peppered with ugly black stumps. “That’s just how it’s always been,” …


Hanford Officials Unsure Of Fluid

Hanford officials have not determined yet if a mystery fluid escaping from a pipe is harmless or laced with deadly plutonium. A 2-foot-tall robot - equipped with a camera and …


Occidental Settles Historic Case Legal Battle Over Love Canal Cleanup Ends After 16 Years

Occidental Chemical Corp. agreed Thursday to pay $129 million in cleanup costs for Love Canal, all but ending 16 years of legal battles with the federal government over the most …


Cyanide Poisons Major Guyana River 325 Million Gallons Escape; Dead Fish, Hogs Float In Water

Shoals of dead fish and hogs floated down Guyana’s biggest river Tuesday, victims of a cyanide waste spill that continued to escape from a gold mine operated by U.S. and …