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Management shake-up at U.S. Ecology

U.S. Ecology has announced the end of James R. Baumgardner’s term as company president, chief executive officer, and chief operating officer. The Boise-based hazardous and waste management company elevated Jeffrey R. Feeler to acting president and chief operating officer. He ...

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Partial lift of potato ban in South Korea a small opportunity for Idaho

A partial repeal of a South Korean ban on potatoes from Idaho and other northwest states could increase Idaho’s exports. But the state is essentially starting its relationship with the country from scratch after bans that have lasted for years. ...

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Stakeholders still sing praises for Magic Valley manure-to-energy project (access required)

Ten months of operating the largest anaerobic digester project in North America has a diverse mix of investors, dairymen and manufacturers ready to testify that the alternative energy project has lived up to its advertising. The project, which includes four ...

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Reservoirs are Idaho’s drought insurance (access required)

Idaho’s widespread system of water storage and irrigation infrastructure provides the state with a comfortable insurance policy against severe droughts like the one that has devastated Midwest farmers and ranchers this year. If Idaho sees nearly normal levels of precipitation ...

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Fracking laws face environmental challenges (access required)

Laws that would broaden fracking – the controversial drilling practice that uses a mix of chemicals and water at high pressure to release natural gas deep under the surface – are facing environmental challenges in court. In one recent development, ...

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Thompson Creek mine near Challis to eliminate 100 jobs (access required)

The Thompson Creek Mine, which produces molybdenum in north-central Idaho, cut its workforce Oct. 3 by about 100 people. The layoffs are effective Oct. 5. The mining company, based in Denver and in Vancouver, B.C., expects to save about $100 ...

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EPA signs eastern Idaho Superfund cleanup plan

Federal regulators signed documents on Oct. 2 outlining an interim cleanup plan for a polluted southeastern Idaho Superfund site they say will cost $57 million and take up to five years to complete. The Environmental Protection Agency said it opted ...

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Study: Hatchery fish can succeed if bred from wild

New research has found that a hatchery using wild salmon to spawn the next generation can help rebuild endangered salmon runs without passing on genetic problems that threaten future returns. The study, published Oct. 1 in the online edition of ...

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High court rejects challenge to roadless rule

Environmental groups hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of an appeal challenging a federal rule that bars development on 50 million acres of roadless areas in national forests, ending one of the main legal battles that had left the rule ...

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Federal regulator: Idaho Power must buy wind power

Idaho Power’s long-term purchase agreement with wind farms requires the utility to buy electricity from the farms even when demand for power is low, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission said Sept. 20. Idaho Power officials have contended that the Public ...

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