BOISE, Idaho | By KEITH RIDLER (AP) – The director of the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality says the agency needs money to clean up or contain past mining waste.
John Tippets told the Legislature’s powerful budget-setting committee on Friday that among the problems is another collapse at the abandoned Triumph Mine.
The state is financially responsible after agreeing to take control as part of a mining company’s bankruptcy deal. Tippets also said the U.S. Department of Energy is ending a $500,000 annual payment to the state involving air pollution monitoring at the Idaho National Laboratory.
Tippets says that money paid for a third of the state’s air quality program.