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UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Commissioners reject zoning change that would pave way for Newport silicon smelter

The Pend Oreille County commissioners voted unanimously Monday to shoot down the proposed comprehensive plan amendment, which would redesignate some 65% of land in the county from “public land” to …


Canadian mining company must pay Colville tribe costs tied to clean-up of Upper Columbia River

The U.S. Supreme Court declined this week to hear an appeal from Teck Metals, which operates a smelter on the Columbia River north of the U.S./Canada border. The decision means …


New cyanide cleanup plan proposed for former Kaiser Aluminum smelter site in Mead

A groundwater plume stretching from the smelter shuttered in 2000 on Hawthorne Road would be pumped to the surface and treated near the new northside Costco under a plan proposed …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018

Newport smelter hearing draws skeptical crowd

About 100 people turned out for Tuesday’s public hearing on a silicon smelter proposed for the Newport area, with many raising concerns about the project.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018

Federal appeals court upholds judgment against Teck Cominco

A federal appeals court has upheld an $8.25 million judgment against a Canadian company that for decades dumped toxic smelter waste that flowed down the Columbia River into Lake Roosevelt.


Many Everett families still live amid arsenic and lead

A soil sample taken from Cydney Gillis’ yard last year confirmed what she had long feared. High levels of arsenic pollute her property in Everett’s Delta neighborhood.


Sen. Shelly Short: HiTest Sand: Allow the process to work

I understand some of the concerns voiced by opponents of the silicon smelter, but to that, I must say, let the process play itself out. Washington state has some of …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 18, 2017

HiTest Sand offers to pay $1 million for studies on electrical impact of proposed Newport smelter

The company proposing to build a silicon smelter near Newport will pay $1 million for studies about the smelter’s effect on the electrical grid.


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 30, 2017

Hundreds turn out for public hearing on proposed Newport silicon smelter

Plans to build a $325 million dollar silicon smelter south of town drew a large crowd to the Newport High School gym Wednesday night.


100 years ago in Spokane: School district announces plan to vaccinate students for whooping cough

From our archives, 100 years ago The medical director of the Spokane Public Schools announced plans to vaccinate Spokane children against whooping cough.


Canadian smelter not responsible for air pollution in U.S., court rules

A Canadian company can’t be held responsible for air pollution that drifted across the border into Washington, members of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in a recent ruling.


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 …


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 …


Kaiser-Mead site sold for redevelopment

A California company that acquires and converts abandoned industrial sites has paid $1.5 million for the sprawling former Kaiser-Mead smelter operation in north Spokane. New Mill Capital LLC plans to …


Mead-area housing plan rules out kids

School-age children would be banned from living in a 415-acre development under a proposal Spokane County commissioners will consider Tuesday. A covenant running with the Mead-area land would limit residential …