THE WATER -- AND MOUNTAINS.
PART OF WHAT MAKES NORTH IDAHO SO BEAUTIFUL.
BUT DIG INTO THEM -- AND YOU'LL FIND A TOXIC PAST.
MORE THAN A CENTURY OF MINING -- HAS LEFT ROADS AND
SOIL AROUND THE SILVER VALLEY CONTAMINATED.
CREWS -- NOW DIGGING TOWARDS SILVER VALLEY'S FUTURE.
THE SITE OF TODAY'S PROJECT - POLARIS AVENUE IN OSBURN.
MUCH OF THE GROUND -- FILLED WITH LEAD AND ARSENIC.
IAN CULL, KXLY @ 12
Instead of digging up all this contaminated soil and
putting it at some dump site...they're using this
material here, as well as asphalt to seal the road,
making it safer for the community.
BRUCE SCHULD, DEPT.
OF ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY @ 13
The reason why the government is here is we think
there is enough of a human health concern that we
are placing barriers and removing contaminated soils
so that people are not at risk.
THE MOST HARMFUL -- DUST.
IT'S WHY CREWS ARE WETTING DOWN THE SOIL AS THEY WORK.
CHRIS LOCKARD, LIVES IN OSBURN @ 14
As a whole, it's a good thing.
CHRIS LOCKARD LIVES RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PROJECT.
CONTAMINATION IS SOMETHING HE'S DEALT WITH HIS ENTIRE
CHRIS LOCKARD, LIVES IN OSBURN @ 15
It's a part of being in the valley, it's a part of
the mining culture from years and years and years
ago and now they've just finally developed a plan
to somewhat clean it up.
WORKERS -- CLEANING UP THE SILVER VALLEY SINCE THE
THIS YEAR, WORK WILL TAKE PLACE ON ROADS, OLD MINING
SITES, AND IN RIVERS.
ED MOREEN, EPA PROJECT MANAGER @ 16
We're trying to manage it in the places where people
live, where they recreate, where they work.
Also control the sources that contribute lead and
other heavy metals to the system.
THE E-P-A SAYS DRINKING WATER AROUND THE SITES IS
AND IF YOU LIVE NEAR ONE OF THESE -- PRACTICE GOOD
WASH YOUR HANDS AND FACE OFTEN.
ED MOREEN, EPA PROJECT MANAGER @ 17
You don't need to be worried but you should exercise
proper precautions to protect your health as with
FEDERAL FUNDING FOR THIS YEAR'S CLEANUP -- SET AT
$38 MILLION DOLLARS.
MOST OF IT FROM SETTLEMENTS WITH HECLA AND ASARCO.
THE CLEAN UP -- EXPECTED TO TAKE 30 YEARS -- THOUGH
MORE MAY BE REQUIRED.
SHOWING HOW SMALL -- AND HOW BIG -- THE WORK ON THIS
ROAD IN OSBURN REALLY IS.
IAN CULL, KXLY 4 NEWS.