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Trident Seafoods Corporation to Pay $18,000 Penalty for Fish Waste Violations
Release Date: 10/13/2004
Contact Information: Christopher Cora
October 12, 2004
The Northwest office of the Environmental Protection Agency today announced that Trident Seafoods Corporation, which operates the Naknek Cannery in Naknek, has agreed to pay $18,000 in penalties for violating the federal Clean Water Act.
After a June 2003 inspection at the cannery, an EPA inspector determined that the company was violating important terms of its Clean Water Act permit. The permit allows Trident to discharge wastes into the Naknek River under specific conditions. Among the violations noted are:
- failure to properly treat seafood processing waste and ensure seafood wastes discharged into the Naknek River do not exceed one-half inch in diameter;
- failure to conduct monitoring as required,
- failure to maintain seafood waste conveyance systems, and
- failure to submit required reports
“Seafood processing is a critical element of Alaska’s economy,” said Mike Bussell, Director of the EPA’s Enforcement and Compliance office in Seattle. “But it needn’t be done at the expense of the environment that the seafood industry depends upon.”
“In taking strong enforcement actions, we help level the playing field by forcing non-compliant operators to invest in treatment technologies and practices that their competitors have adopted in order to obey the law and protect their environment.”
The agreement between the EPA and Trident is subject to a 30-day comment period.
- Enforcement and Compliance in Water Programs (yosemite.epa.gov/R10/enforce.NSF/NPDES/Enforcement+and+Compliance+in+Water+Programs)