The local Potlatch Corp. mill ranked as Idaho’s top polluter in 1994, according to new figures from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The annual EPA report uses estimates of chemicals released by industrial plants that were compiled by the companies last year.
“We would hope people would look at these numbers as the EPA intends them, as an inventory and not as a health risk assessment,” Potlatch spokesman Michael Sullivan said.
A yearlong study by the Idaho Division of Environmental Quality released earlier this spring reported concentrations of known or suspected cancer-causing chemicals in Lewiston were near or below levels in urban areas.
The Potlatch numbers reported by the EPA during the past week were released to the public last year by the company when the report was submitted to the federal agency. The company is finishing its report on 1995 releases from the plant.