Hecla officials said they "don't agree with the EPA on all of these allegations," but were ready to "settle and move on."
This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that the violations stem from Hecla's failure to install adequate controls to ensure that stormwater runoff was properly managed from a tailings pond. As a result, runoff destroyed a water intake at a downstream fish hatchery. Additionally, feds said Hecla's Lucky Friday Mine was the source of metals-laden water seeping into nearby Harris Creek.
In a statement released Monday, Ed Kowalksi from the EPA's Seattle office wrote, "The last thing rivers like the South Fork Coeur d'Alene need are unpermitted discharges and permit violations."