Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
News >  Idaho

Idaho group backtracks on plastic bag maker accusations

Associated Press

BOISE – An Idaho environmental group that accused a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste says it made a mistake.

The Idaho Conservation League in a joint statement Monday with Novolex says that after reviewing information it now understands that a facility operated by the company in Jerome in south-central Idaho is in compliance.

The group last week announced its intent to file a lawsuit amid concerns Novolex hadn’t filed information with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic-release inventory database.

The group’s Austin Hopkins says the group now has full confidence that all of Novolex’s facilities are in compliance.

Phil Rozenski of Novolex says the environmental group’s inaccurate initial claims are regrettable but the two entities share basic beliefs about protecting the health of communities.

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

Local journalism is essential.

Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.

Active Person

Subscribe now to get breaking news alerts in your email inbox

Get breaking news delivered to your inbox as it happens.