The troubled Hecla Mining Company, which saw its Mullan, Idaho, mine close following a series of accidents, including two deaths in 2011, announced early today that it expects to resume mining at its Lucky Friday Mine in early 2013. The company also announced that it has expectations of mining more than 2 million ounces of silver at the mine in 2013.
When Hecla shut down its Mullan mine, more than 110 of the mine's 250 workers were pink slipped.
This morning's Spokesman-Review reports that cleanup and repair of the 6,100-foot deep Silver Shaft should be finished by the end of the year.
Hecla said it had recalled "all employees necessary to reach full production again at the Lucky Friday Mine," and that workers are already receiving new safety training.