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Lead Poisoning Concerns Continue

Just this past week, in a move that was not unexpected expected and long-overdue, the Centers for Disease Control lowered the "level of concern" for the amount of lead in a child's bloodstream.  This new CDC policy expands significantly the number of children that should be considered for lead poisoning interventions. The level of concern [...]

By |2012-05-20T13:36:46-08:00May 20th, 2012|Community|0 Comments

Hecla Settlement Ends Litigation, Opens New Era for Coeur d’Alene Cleanup

Announced Monday and likely to be approved by a federal court in the next month or two, Hecla Mining and the U.S. EPA have settled longstanding Superfund litigation. The settlement establishes Hecla’s contribution toward the costs of the Coeur d'Alene basin minewaste cleanup. According to news reports, Hecla has agreed to pay some $263 million [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:27:05-08:00June 14th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|1 Comment

Another Flood Season, Another Tough Season for Swans in the Coeur d’Alene Basin

Tundra swans are dying again this year. Like they do every year. Lured to the beautiful lower Coeur d'Alene basin’s waterways and wetlands for rest and food, the birds end up, quite literally, choked on sediments contaminated with lead. The lead, of course, is flushed downstream by flooding from the legacy of mining in the [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:27:06-08:00May 31st, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Wildlife|1 Comment

January Flooding May Have Caused the Worst Coeur d’Alene Basin Contamination in Years

Late last week, we were forwarded an email from Greg Clark with the U.S. Geological Survey, whose team did some water monitoring during the flood event January 18th of this year. The monitoring in Harrison, where the Coeur d'Alene River flows into Coeur d'Alene Lake, shows that the conveyor belt of contamination from the upper [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:47:49-08:00March 7th, 2011|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|10 Comments

KEA in 2010

We sent a version of this post to our friends and members earlier this week, and we thought we'd share our thoughts on 2010 here as well. We've had a pretty good year at KEA. As this end-of-year letter is being written, the Kootenai County Commissioners are finally completing work on the long-awaited comprehensive plan. [...]

By |2019-07-25T10:57:25-08:00December 31st, 2010|Forests, Kootenai Environmental Alliance, Water|0 Comments

Conservation Groups Submit EPA Cleanup Comments

Kootenai Environmental Alliance, along with Idaho Conservation League, Spokane Riverkeeper, Idaho Rivers United and The Lands Council submitted comments today to the EPA on the proposed amendment to the Upper Coeur d'Alene Basin Superfund Record of Decision. The comments to the controversial EPA cleanup plan focused on several key points: (1) to ensure that the [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:45:17-08:00November 19th, 2010|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|1 Comment

Citizens for a Prosperous Silver Valley Now Annoying Residents with Robocalls

We've heard from a number of friends and members that they are being robocalled from the phony front group "Citizens for a Prosperous Silver Valley" which opposes the proposed cleanup in the Silver Valley. We wish we could give better advice as to how to shut down the annoying phone calls, but we're afraid that [...]

By |2011-12-22T10:45:17-08:00November 19th, 2010|Kootenai Environmental Alliance|0 Comments