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UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 7, 2019

As Lake Coeur d’Alene gets sicker, Idaho governor orders review of data

As Lake Coeur d’Alene’s overall health continues to deteriorate, Idaho Gov. Brad Little ordered a third-party review of the data on Wednesday.

Giddings introduces bills on federal Superfund site and rights-of-way issues

State Rep. Priscilla Giddings, R-White Bird, had two bills introduced this week, dealing with the Bunker Hill Superfund site and federal land rights-of-way.

UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Reviving the Bunker Hill: Company betting on historic mine runs into financial troubles

The Trump administration announced a deal in March that would allow the long-closed Bunker Hill Mine to reopen. But the Canadian company trying to restart mining operations has financial troubles, …

EPA delists federal Superfund site in Washington state

The Frontier Hard Chrome Inc. Superfund Site has been officially deleted from the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Priorities List.

Agreement reached in Anaconda Superfund cleanup

The Environmental Protection Agency says an agreement has been reached over the cleanup of a century’s worth of smelting waste in the southwestern Montana town of Anaconda.

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 …

Mining waste cleanup to create 400 summer jobs in Silver Valley

If you don’t like dump trucks, stay out of Idaho’s Silver Valley this summer. More than $20 million work of environmental cleanup work in the historic mining district this year …

Judge keeps Superfund cleanup talks in Montana secret

A judge says he won’t open to the public the long-running secret negotiations on the cleanup of the nation’s largest Superfund site.

Meetings will discuss efforts to restore natural resources damaged by historic mine waste

Three meetings in North Idaho this week will discuss plans for restoring natural resources damaged by the release of historic mine waste in the Coeur d’Alene River Basin.

U.S. clears way for cleanup of Colorado mine after huge spill

A Colorado mine that spilled 3 million gallons of contaminated wastewater into rivers in three Western states was designated a Superfund site Wednesday, clearing the way for a multimillion-dollar federal …

With help from bankruptcy, cleanup of mine at former Idaho boom town begins

An environmental trust set up during Asarco Inc.’s bankruptcy is among the largest of its kind in the nation. The trust is expected to pay for 30 to 40 years …

Water system contract issued for Bunk Hill site

A Pennsylvania company was awarded a $48 million contract to expand a water treatment system at the Bunker Hill Superfund site near Kellogg. AMEC Foster Wheeler Environmental & Infrastructure Inc. …

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 …

Jet boat races could expand to four regional rivers in May

Jet boats could race up the Coeur d’Alene River in May as part of a four-river jet boat championship.

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 29, 2015

Freeman grain facility added to Superfund list

A grain handling facility in Freeman, Washington, has been designated as a Superfund site.

UPDATED: Wed., March 25, 2015

EPA seeks Superfund listing for Freeman grain elevator

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants a grain elevator in Freeman listed as a Superfund site to remove high levels of a toxic pesticide that’s leaching into groundwater. The EPA …

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.

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 …

Conference focuses on Lake Coeur d’Alene pollution, solutions

Five years ago, officials from the Coeur d’Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho shook hands on a deal to address historic mining pollution at the bottom of Lake Coeur …

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 …

Spokane Tribe members want more time to review Midnite Mine cleanup plan

WELLPINIT, Wash. – Members of the Spokane Tribe gathered near the Midnite Mine on Sunday to offer prayers and songs for the healing of the defunct uranium mine. As the …

Lead cleanup working in Silver Valley, official says

BOISE – Cleanup of mining waste in the most contaminated part of the Coeur d’Alene Basin appears to be working, Idaho’s Department of Environmental Quality chief told state lawmakers Wednesday. …

Cleanup of Midnite Mine on reservation to begin by 2015

Newmont Mining Co. expects to begin cleanup of a defunct uranium mine on the Spokane Indian Reservation by 2015. The company is working on design proposals for the remediation of …

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 …

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 …

Meeting will cover CdA Basin cleanup

Superfund work in the Coeur d’Alene Basin will be discussed Wednesday during an all-day meeting of the Basin Environmental Improvement Project Commission. The meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. at the …

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 …