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EPA declines to test air downwind of lead smelter in British Columbia

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.


UPDATED: Sat., March 17, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

Northport residents renew calls for air monitoring after state modeling says a Canadian smelter is polluting their town

Northport residents want air quality monitors installed after state modeling suggested a Canadian smelter could be blanketing their town with heavy metals.


Getting the zinc out: Major cleanup project will improve health of the Coeur d’Alene River

A $48 million federal project to keep heavy metals out of the South Fork of the Coeur d’Alene River gets underway this spring. The work will be visible from Interstate …


Decadeslong Silver Valley heavy metal cleanup program winding down

More than 7,000 Silver Valley properties have had contaminated soil replaced to protect children from lead exposure. Superfund managers are encouraging remaining property owners to get their parcels tested before …


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 …


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 …


CdA river basin project locates lead deposits

Ed Moreen powered a small motorboat up the Lower Coeur d’Alene River Friday morning, pointing out colorful layers of sediment in the riverbank. The reddish soil was stained by iron …


Restoring Nine Mile Canyon

NINE MILE CANYON, Idaho – Before his big break came, Jim Callahan spent 17 years searching for the mother lode. The Michigan native staked his claim in this narrow, forested …


River tests raise health concerns

Testing is needed to determine if historic smelter pollution poses a health risk to rural residents and tourists in the upper Columbia River Valley, Washington state officials say. High levels …


Heavy metal cleanup finishing

The Washington State Department of Ecology is wrapping up the last of its planned heavy metals cleanup projects along the Spokane River. The projects, which started in 2006, are designed …


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. …


Teck, Colville Tribe go to trial over slag

In the early 1990s, anglers in the Upper Columbia River reported seeing beads of liquid mercury floating in the water. The sightings were followed by advisories from the Washington Department …


Popular beaches to become cleaner

Washington will spend $600,000 to clean up heavy metals from four popular Spokane River beaches this summer, reducing exposure risks for people and wildlife. The work will be done at …


Pollutants found in remote lakes, rivers

Scientists consider Sullivan Lake’s waters relatively pristine. The 1,300-acre mountain lake in northeast Washington is home to a thriving kokanee salmon run. Along with confirmed sightings of grizzlies, wolves and …


Tests show most reusable shopping bags safe

Tests done on reusable shopping bags in Washington showed that most are within state limits for heavy metals. Thirty-one reusable bags from name brand retailers were tested in the state …


EPA scaling back basin plan

A controversial plan to install a plastic liner along 10 miles of the Coeur d’Alene River’s south fork probably will be scrapped. By lining the stream, the U.S. Environmental Protection …


Public murky about Lake CdA quality

When it comes to water quality in Lake Coeur d’Alene, local residents are pretty savvy. They think the lake is cleaner now than it was 40 years ago. That’s generally …


State releases report on mine cleanup

The Washington Department of Ecology has released a report on options for cleaning up heavy metals at the Pend Oreille Mine near Metaline Falls.


Amid health problems, some Northport residents look to Canadian smelter

NORTHPORT, Wash. – Julie Sowards’ best childhood memories are tied to the Columbia River. Leaning on a cane at the river’s edge, the 52-year-old Northport woman recalled how spring floods …