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Icicle Seafoods

Udagak Bay, AK: (Aug-12-07) The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) brought charges against Icicle Seafoods, a major diversified seafood processor with facilities throughout Alaska, alleging that it polluted the environment by discharging its processing vessel M/V Northern Victor in Udagak Bay near Dutch Harbor. EPA officials said they issued a permit to Icicle Seafoods when the company acquired the 380-foot pollock and cod-processing ship the Northern Victor that required Icicle to remove the historic seafood waste piles, but that Icicle did not meet the deadline for removal.

In a settlement reached, Icicle agreed to pay a $900,000 federal pollution fine to resolve the allegations. As part of the settlement, the company also agreed to undertake the clean up of fish guts and other waste, which were discharged before Icicle acquired the vessel. Earlier in 2007, the EPA proposed three separate Clean Water Act penalties of $28,600 against Baywatch Seafoods, LLC, $40,000 against Copper River Seafoods LLC and $8,018 against Snug Harbor Seafoods Inc. The EPA said the latter settlement included Snug Harbor voluntarily agreeing to fund a supplemental environmental project at a cost of $26,000. According to the EPA, Snug Harbor's violations included failure to route all seafood processing wastes through a waste conveyance system and to conduct monitoring. [KTUU NEWS: POLLUTION FINE]

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Published on Aug-13-07


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