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HECLA RECEIVES TOP IDAHO RECLAMATION AWARD

 COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho, Sept. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Hecla Mining Co. (NYSE: HL) has received Idaho's top environmental award for "Excellence in Annual Operations of Large Hard Rock Mines." The award is for reclamation work completed during 1992 at the company's Yellow Pine gold mine near McCall. The mine was closed in 1992 after producing nearly 100,000 ounces of gold.
 Governor Cecil Andrus and the state board of land commissioners presented the award to Eric Jones, Yellow Pine's project superintendent, at an awards ceremony held recently in Boise. In their words, "Hecla has consistently exceeded its reclamation plan requirements, and, in addition, has taken reclamation responsibility of 40 acres of historic mine impacts at the Yellow Pine mine. Hecla has implemented specialized grading, water management, planting and seeding on applicable acres of the mine." In 1992, the company planted more than 12,000 lodgepole pine seedlings and achieved an overall survival rate of approximately 75 percent.
 Hecla has consistently used and maintained effective Best Management Practices (BMPs) throughout the mine and process sites. These BMPs have led to water quality standards being maintained or exceeded throughout the life of the mine.
 In addition, Hecla pioneered the use of native bacteria in the process of bio-neutralization to decommission and neutralize cyanide in the mine's processed ore pile. Cyanide-eating bacteria were grown on-site and applied to the pile in 1992. This method has been highly successful and will help establish a more natural, biologically balanced ecosystem when final reclamation is completed.
 This is the third environmental award earned by the Yellow Pine Unit. In October 1992, the Pacific Northwest Pollution Control Association awarded Yellow Pine the "1991 Industrial Pollution Control Award for Idaho." This award was in recognition of Hecla's initiative and ingenuity associated with the final reclamation and bio-neutralization process. Yellow Pine also received "Idaho's Top Reclamation Award for Excellence in Annual Operations," during 1990. Jones said, "The Yellow Pine project showed that a successful technical project can provide jobs, needed minerals and also can be compatible with the environment."
 Hecla Mining Co. is headquartered in Coeur d'Alene. During its 102-year history, Hecla has been a leading U.S. producer of silver and lead, and more recently a significant supplier of gold and industrial minerals.
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 /CONTACT: Bill Booth, manager - investor and public affairs, of Hecla Mining Co., 208-769-4100/
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