Tribune: Idaho Department of Lands Terminates Lease, Halts Lime Quarry Relaunch


The Idaho Department of Lands has ordered a lime quarry, just east of Orofino, to be reclamated by the end of the year after suspending a lease granted to a company which had promised to revive the site.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that IDL informed the Klepfer Mining Company that its lease had been terminated after the company failed to meet deadlines to reclaim the area.

"Things didn't advance as quickly as possible, Eric Klepfer told a group of Clearwater County officials Aug. 1, according to the Tribune. "But we're not going to go away. We want to find some kind of solution that works for everybody."

The mine is located approximately 7 miles east of Orofino on state land and first began operations in the 1950s.

Klepfer had promised that the quarry would yield 10 million to 13 million tons of resource over a 20- to 30-year period and generate a $2.5 million annual payroll.

The lime would be used in cement manufacturing, pulp and paper production and in the operation of wastewater treatment plants.

Meanwhile, IDL officials said they want the mine cleaned up by Dec. 31.

"It doesn't mean [Klepfer] can't get it going in the future," IDL spokesman Jay Sila told the Tribune, adding he couldn't discuss the matter further.