J.R. Simplot Company’s environmental director threatened to “go somewhere else” in testimony before the Idaho Senate last week.
The legislature has pretty much decided to allow the DEQ to implement plans for vehicle emission testing in Canyon County as the valley comes closer to “non attainment” of federal regulations…which will potentially affect how the Simplot plant does business with regard to pollution.
Rocky Barker, the environmental writer for the DAILY PAPER reported the following from an Idaho legislature hearing in a piece in Sunday’s Statesman:
“If the Environmental Protection Agency declares the Treasure Valley in “nonattainment” of ozone limits, that could make it difficult to make routine changes in J.R. Simplot Co.’s potato processing plants in Canyon County, said Alan Prouty, the company’s environmental director.”
Buried in Barker’s report was a “big bully threat” issued at a public meeting from the Simplot Company official:
“If we can’t make those changes in Canyon County we’ll go somewhere else,” Prouty told the Senate panel.
At a time when unemployment is rampant, the economy is in a shambles, and Simplot workers get taxpayer subsidized perks at the Caldwell YMCA, this guy threatens to leave town!
The GUARDIAN questions how any legislator can deal in good faith with a major employer when the clear message is “our way or the highway.” We can only hope Prouty is not involved with the Simplot family project in downtown Boise.
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