Plastic bag producer accused of failing to report toxins

Environmental group claims reporting gap found while reviewing air quality permits

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho environmental group is accusing Novolex, a nationwide plastic bag producer, of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste.

The Idaho Conservation League has notified Novolex, which has a plant in Idaho, that it must begin filing information to the US Environmental Protection Agency’s toxic-release inventory database.

Austin Hopkins, conservation assistant for the environmental group, said in a prepared statement that his group discovered the reporting gap while reviewing air quality permits for Novolex’s factory in Jerome.

Upon further review, Hopkins argues that Novolex has failed to file appropriate reports in multiple factories across the country.

However, Phil Rozenski, senior director of sustainability with Novolex, said that the company is currently complying with all federal emission laws, and none of the company’s factories exceed the reporting threshold.

Hopkins added that Novolex has 60 days to respond or face a lawsuit.

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