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UPDATE: Feds Order Closure Of Accident-Prone Idaho Mine

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COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho (AP) - Federal safety inspectors have ordered an Idaho silver mine closed following an investigation prompted by a series of accidents that killed two miners over the last year.

The Lucky Friday Mine will remain closed for a year after inspectors determined that sand and concrete material that had piled up over the years needed to be removed.

The news caused the stock price of parent company Hecla MiningCo. to lose a quarter of its value on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday.

About 275 people work at the mine. It wasn't immediately clear how many would be idled by the Mine Safety and HealthAdministration order.

The mine has been shuttered since mid-December when rock burst injured seven miners.

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