Violation Tracker Individual Record

Company: 
Hecla Mining Company
Current Parent Company: 
Hecla Mining
Penalty: 
$263,400,000
Year: 
2011
Date: 
June 13, 2011
Offense Group: 
environment-related offenses
Primary Offense: 
environmental violation
Violation Description: 

A settlement has been reached with Hecla Mining Company to resolve one of the largest cases ever filed under the Superfund statute. Under the settlement, Hecla will pay $263.4 million plus interest to the United States, the Coeur d'Alene Tribe and the state of Idaho to resolve claims stemming from releases of wastes from its mining operations. Settlement funds will be dedicated to restoration and remediation of natural resources in the Coeur d'Alene Basin. The agreement, which was lodged in federal district court in Idaho today, brings closure to that lawsuit and establishes a strong basis for future cooperation between Hecla and the governments in the Coeur d'Alene Basin.

Level of Government: 
federal
Action Type: 
agency action
Agency: 
Justice Department multiagency referral
Civil or Criminal Case: 
civil
Facility State: 
Idaho
HQ Country of Parent: 
USA
HQ State of Parent: 
Idaho
Ownership Structure of Parent: 
publicly traded
Major Industry of Parent: 
mining and minerals
Specific Industry of Parent: 
mining
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Parent company note: 
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