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Lawmakers back N. Idaho Superfund expansion

Idaho lawmakers are lending their support to a federal plan to significantly expand cleanup efforts in the Coeur d’Alene Basin.

But they also say point out the state is no position to help finance the added work.

The Joint Finance Appropriations Committee voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution that endorses the expansion. But the Spokesman-Review reports the resolution recommends withholding financial aid pending a legislative review.

Officials with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality welcome the legislative support.

The EPA is in the process of amending the cleanup plan for the Coeur d’Alene Basin cleanup. For two decades, crews have been working to restore a 21-square-mile area around the Bunker Hill smelter polluted during decades of silver mining.

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