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Public Comment Period Extended Again on Permits for Northern Idaho Mines

Release Date: 6/26/2001
Contact Information: Marianne Deppman and Kelly Huynh
(206) 553-1237 and (206) 553-8414 or 1-800-424-4372 (within AK, ID, OR & WA)

June 26, 2001 - - - - - - - - - -01-019

Responding to public requests for additional time, the U.S. EPA is again extending the public comment period on the proposed wastewater Discharge Permits for the Lucky Friday Mine and the Coeur and Galena Mines until August 3, 2001.

The Clean Water Act requires that all point sources discharging pollutants into waters of the United States must obtain an NPDES permit. By point sources, EPA means discrete conveyances such as pipes or man-made ditches. Some pollutants that may threaten public health and the nation's waters are: metals, human wastes, oil and grease, and pesticides.

Those wishing to comment on the draft permit may do so by submitting their comments-in writing-by the new deadline of August 3, 2001 to:
Office of Water Director,
U.S. EPA, Region 10 (OW-130)
1200 Sixth Avenue,
Seattle, WA 98101.

The fact sheet and draft permit are available at:

EPA Field Office
1910 NW Boulevard
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 664-4588
Idaho Dept. of Envir. Quality
2110 Ironwood Parkway
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814
(208) 752-4571
Wallace Public Library
415 River Street
Wallace, Idaho
(208) 769-1422

The draft permit and fact sheet can also be found by visiting the Region 10 website at: