Silver Valley Action

You’re Invited: SoilSHOP at the Shoshone Medical Center’s Kids Health and Safety Fair, September 15

Gardens and outdoor play areas may have harmful substances, including lead, in the soil. The Silver Valley Community Resource Center and community members are partnering with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, PHD, Idaho Health and Welfare, IDEQ, and EPA to bring you an outreach event called a soilSHOP.  The purpose of this event is to increase your awareness about the hazards of lead in soil, and provide information on how to avoid exposures to lead while gardening or playing in your yard.

Gardeners, residents, and kids are encouraged to collect up to three samples of soil from their home or neighborhood and bring it to the soilSHOP to be screened (measured) for lead. If your property is already remediated, do not dig below the remedial barrier. Participants will have an opportunity to talk with community leaders, health, and environmental partners about:

  • Your screening results
  • Best practices to avoid lead exposures
  • Tips to garden safely
  • Resources for blood-lead level testing
  • Healthy eating and exercise
  • How to get additional soil testing done


Join us on Saturday, September 15 at the Shoshone Medical Center’s Kids Health and Safety Fair, 10:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m. The event will be held at the SMC Health & Wellness Track, 858 Commerce Drive, Smelterville, ID 83868. To learn more about the soilSHOP, contact Rhonda Kaetzel, ATSDR, 206-553-0530, 800-424-4372, ext. 0530,, or visit


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May 8th, 2018


With warm temperatures over the weekend, melting the still deep snowpack on higher elevations in addition to the storm rain deluge that came Saturday evening throughout the entire nite into Sunday, rivers are flowing and flooding. Along with the force of the runoff, dirty brown water is observed all up and down the CDA River banks especially along I-90.

A vehicle with Government license plates is seen at bridges in Smelterville, Pinehurst anxiously setting up a tripod lowering a large bullet size capsule,  one can only presume there is some concern regarding the flooding. Again no one in the community is told anything. However, the dirty brown water is related to soil erosion and more likely than not pollution and contamination being spread downstream to CDA, Spokane, WA. Again, there has never ever been any results of the downstream flooding and spread of contamination given to the community except for the US/GS and Kootenai Env. Alliance.


Will Ed moreen, reg. ten project manager be interviewed by the Spokesman Review, Becky Kramer to give Affected citizens false reassurance that the “Mission Repository is cleansing the pollution” out of the flood waters before it travels downstream? As he did in the 2011 flooding, with the 160 tons of lead that was washed downstream?

With more snow on the peaks, the flooding will only continue. As will the contamination and recontamination, documented by the Basin Commission in their newsletters.

It’s time to shut down the Old Mission Repository and get EPA staff on board who will do their jobs.



Barbara Miller/SVCRC Director





March 31st, 2018

Click on the title below and listen to the NPR Reveal program that discusses long-term lead poisoning to generations of residents of the Silver Valley. 

Poisoned, ignored and evicted: The perils of living with lead

This week, Reveal investigates the lurking threat of lead from the dust of urban demolitions to the wilds of Wyoming and Silver Valley Idaho. 



 You have a right to request the screening at any time because this is a public health mandate and the Silver Valley is a high risk area.

 The United States Center for Disease Control states the following in regard to lead scrrening:  

  •  learning disabilities.
  •  behavioral problems and neurodevelopmental disorders.
  •  health problems.
  •  seizures, coma, and even death.

"Child health-care providers should use a blood lead test to screen all children at ages 1 and 2, and children 36-72 months of age." In addition, screening is mandated for children who receive services from public assistance programs such as Medicaid or the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).  

Screening is also recommended if the child's parent or guardian answers .yes. or .don.t know to any question in a basic personal-risk questionnaire consisting of these three questions:

-Does your child live in or regularly visit a house that was built before 1950? This question could apply to a facility such as a home day-care center or the home of a babysitter or relative.

-Does your child live in or regularly visit a house built before 1978 with recent or ongoing renovations or remodeling (within the last 6 months)?

-Does your child have a sibling or playmate who has or did have lead poisoning?

It is highly likely that children living in the Silver Valley may be at higher than average risk for lead exposure, yet may not be receiving screening as mandated by the US CDC.

The Focus of Lead Screening should be with children at ages 1 and 2.

One- and 2-year-old children are at greatest risk for elevated BLLs because of:
. Increasing mobility during the second year of life, resulting in more access to lead hazards.
. Normal hand-to-mouth activity.

In addition, the developing nervous system in young children is more susceptible to the adverse effects of lead.

In the Silver Valley, and the 1500 square miles of the contaminated zone (see map), it is important to examine the data, especially from other sources of lead exposure.  Other sources may be traditional remedies and cosmetics, operating or abandoned industrial sources, waste-disposal sites, occupational and take-home exposure, yard soil, toys and drinking water.



“EPA to Put More Emphasis on Bunker Hill Superfund site” SNP, Feb. 2018

It would be in the interest of all those living in the 2 state, 1500 sq. mile

Superfund site especially generations of families living with the lead health issues

who now after 30 yrs. and work of the Silver Valley Community Resource Center

for accountability of Reg. Ten epa for the local Shoshone News Press any news press

to report factual documentation.

Of specific focus is the fact that epa is in violation of their own CERCAL laws specific

to mandated community involvement, permanent waste technology, the failure to implement

the Record of Decision pertaining to lead levels in homes. Not to mention deliberate

malfeasance of their Mission Statement: “To protect the environment and human health”

Case example: 3000 + citizens who responded and opposed the toxic waste dump constructed

at the Old Mission of the Sacred Heart, I-90, Exit 39. In one day of flooding the US/GAS measured

more than 160 metric tons of lead washed downstream to the CDA, Spokane River, CDA Lake.

EPA, Ed Moreen stated in the Spokesman Review, “the Mission Repository was cleansing the

Contamination” There was next to no reporting of this environmental devastation. There has

been no reporting of the standing flood waters of 2017 covering the Chain Lakes where millions

of dollars have been spent by epa and the CDA Tribe for cleanup.


If there is any family whose child has been tested by the panhandle health district with an

Elevated lead level would they please come forward, contact the SVCRC to share what phd

did to inform them of the laws pertaining to lead poisoned children? Being able to work together

with the successful SVCRC Children Run Better Unleaded project would be a goal the organization

and its members, health care providers have been working toward for years.


Accurate, thorough reporting, working together is about efforts never before seen, the end result

is a positive outcome for generations of families in the Silver Valley.




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