Bloomberg Law
March 31, 2023, 5:03 PM

US Silver Sued Over Discharge of Arsenic, Lead Into Idaho River

Samantha Hawkins
Samantha Hawkins
Legal Reporter

A silver mining company in Idaho illegally discharged arsenic, lead, and other pollutants into the South Fork Coeur d’Alene River, an environmental group alleged in a federal lawsuit.

The Idaho Conservation league sued US Silver - Idaho Inc., alleging that it repeatedly discharged pollutants from its Galena Complex Mine without a the appropriate state and federal permits, racking up approximately 1,253 separate Clean Water Act violations from March 2021 to February 2023.

The South Fork Coeur d’Alene River is classified as “impaired” from pollution, which has affected the downstream Coeur d’Alene River and Lake Coeur d’Alene. The pollution could impact ...

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