Tests Reveal Increased Selenium Pollution In Trout Downstream of Smoky Canyon Mine

January 10, 2017 • Crow Creek Conservation Alliance | Earthworks

New tests released today show that selenium pollution has substantially increased in trout downstream from Simplot’s Smoky Canyon Mine, with levels four times the criteria established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to prevent defects and reproductive failure in fish. Crow Creek Conservation Alliance and Earthworks released the results as they’re calling upon Simplot and federal agencies to accelerate clean-up and prevent future pollution as required by the mine’s operating permit.

Conservationists Win Lawsuit Against Mining in Idaho’s Frank-Church River of No Return Wilderness

August 3, 2016 • Earthworks and Idaho partners

Boise, ID – The U.S. District Court ruled in favor of conservationists, finding that a Forest Service decision approving a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness violates the Wilderness Act, the National Forest Management Act and the National Environmental Policy Act. The court decision invalidates the company’s mining plan and requires the Forest Service to conduct further analysis of the proposed mining exploration and evaluate less invasive alternatives for activities in the Wilderness.

Cabinet Mountains Wilderness

The Rock Creek Mine Proposal

Mining company Revett Silver is proposing to develop an enormous copper/silver mine beneath the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness in Kootenai National Forest of western Montana -- one of the original ten areas protected by Congress under the Wilderness Act of 1964.

Despite the fact that the mine would tunnel beneath a wilderness area in the United States, the Forest Service claims that the General Mining Law of 1872 leaves them no choice but to permit the mine.

Conservation Groups File Lawsuit to Protect Idaho’s Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness from Needlessly Destructive Mining Activities

July 7, 2015 • Earthworks et al

Boise, ID – Conservationists filed a lawsuit today against a mining company’s plan to deploy bulldozers, dump trucks and drilling rigs miles inside the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness, calling the proposed plan needlessly destructive to this nationally treasured landscape.

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Golden Hand Complaint

July 7, 2015 • Earthworks, et al

Objection for the Thompson Creek Mine FEIS

May 15, 2015 • Earthworks and Idaho Conservation League

Scoping comments on East Smoky Panel Mine EIS

May 1, 2015 • Earthworks and Crow Creek Conservation Alliance

Comment on Thompson Creek Mine Final Environmental Impact Statement

April 26, 2015 • Earthworks and Idaho Conservation League