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Northern Idaho’s mining waste is now a problem for the Columbia River Basin

Northern Idaho’s mining waste is now a problem for the Columbia River Basin By PAUL KOBERSTEIN HARRISON, Idaho — Over the last century, the Coeur d’Alene-Spokane River system has washed hundreds of millions of tons of mining waste along riverbottoms, floodplains, lakes and wetlands. Much of this waste contains toxic amounts of lead, cadmium, arsenic and …

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Jailed activist claims mining industry retaliation

Jailed activist claims mining industry retaliation By PAUL KOBERSTEIN WALLACE, Idaho — Barbara Miller wore prison green as she spoke from inside the Shoshone County Jail. “I’m a political prisoner of the state of Idaho,” she said defiantly. “I was put here by the good old boys and the mining industry in Shoshone County.” Miller, …

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Wallace schools censored lead health information from student handbook

Wallace schools censored lead health information from student handbook By PAUL KOBERSTEIN WALLACE, Idaho In 1999, the Wallace School District briefly considered the idea of warning students about lead hazards on school playgrounds. The school board decided not to insert a warning into the student handbook, despite a plea from the district superintendent, Nancy J. …

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Cost of repairing mining’s damage to the West? $2.5 billion

Cost of repairing mining’s damage to the West? $2.5 billion By PAUL KOBERSTEIN Last December, the U.S. Forest Service approved an exploratory permit for a controversial new hard rock mine adjacent to and underneath the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness of western Montana. Rock Creek Mine would be dug deep below the Wilderness Area, one of the …

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