NEWPORT — Developments continue in the unfolding HiTest Sand silicon smelter saga here.
Snow was plowed on the Bonneville Power Administration easement last week, apparently without the authorization of either the BPA or Pend Oreille County. Citizens Against the Newport Silicon Smelter Chairman Deborah Barker said Jan. 3 that CANSS attorney Norm Semanko contacted BPA after several CANSS members noticed the snow plowing, and BPA told Semanko that HiTest Sand had not yet filed an application to use the easement or gotten the approval of private landowners. Semanko said he spoke with core drilling company Strata about the matter, and the regional manager informed Semanko Jan. 3 that the company would not be returning to the site as had been planned. HiTest Sand did not respond to requests for comment by press time.