Idaho had its own Flint moment in 1970s when mine smelter spewed tons of lead over Silver Valley. Regulators are trying to avoid water problems like Flint, Michigan. (Rocky Barker) rbarker@idahostatesman.com
Idaho had its own Flint moment in 1970s when mine smelter spewed tons of lead over Silver Valley. Regulators are trying to avoid water problems like Flint, Michigan. (Rocky Barker) rbarker@idahostatesman.com
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April 02, 2016 8:46 AM

Like Flint, Idaho knows lead poisoning

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Rocky Barker is the energy and environment reporter for the Idaho Statesman and has been writing about the West since 1985. He is the author of several books, including "Scorched Earth How the Fires of Yellowstone Changed America," "The Flyfisher's Guide to Idaho" and "The Wingshooter's Guide to Idaho."