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Environmental group sues Idaho prison over pollution claims

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Aug 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-19 14:14:56-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Department of Correction is being sued in federal court by an environmental group that says a north-central Idaho prison is dumping pollution into the waterways that feed the Snake River.

The Idaho Department of Correction has not yet filed a response to the lawsuit, and department officials didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Snake River Waterkeeper filed the lawsuit in Idaho’s U.S. District Court last week, contending that effluent from the Northern Idaho Correctional Institution in Cottonwood is flowing into Lawyer Creek, the Clearwater River and the Snake River in amounts that violate the agency’s federal permits.