January 27, 2010 - More than 70 organizations from across the country are asking federal officials to stop moving silver mining waste to a new northern Idaho repository.
The environmental and public health groups say storing waste from the Bunker Hill Superfund site at a location just 11 miles down the road poses a public health risk. Storing mining waste in repositories that need perpetual maintenance is a "quick and dirty" solution, they said.
The groups on Tuesday sent a letter to Mathy Stanislaus, assistant administrator of the Superfund program at the Environmental Protection Agency, urging the agency to permanently remove mine waste from the area. The Virginia-based advocacy group Center for Health, Environment and Justice wrote the letter, signed also by the Sierra Club and several state and regional organizations.