BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials violated the federal Clean Air Act as well as the state’s regulations by issuing an air quality permit for a proposed gold mine in west-central Idaho, the Nez Perce Tribe and two conservation groups said.
The tribe, Idaho Conservation League and Save the South Fork Salmon last week filed a petition with the Idaho Board of Environmental Quality seeking to have the permit withdrawn and sent back to the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality for additional work.
The department in June issued the permit to Perpetua Resources Idaho and its Stibnite Gold Project about 40 miles east of McCall.
“The (permit) being challenged here authorizes emissions of air pollutants from the (Stibnite Gold Project) that will occur over the mine’s anticipated 16-year life span,” the petition states. “These emissions include massive quantities of dust generated by mining, hauling, and processing. The dust includes particulate matter and arsenic — pollutants which can cause serious harm to human health and the environment.”
In my opinion. These companies never come through with their cleanup/restoration promises. They leave the land in worse shape and dissolve the company to avoid said promises when they’re done.