Major seafood processor agrees to civil penalty



ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says a Seattle-based seafood company will pay a $2.5 million civil penalty to settle allegations that it violated clean water law at processing plants in Alaska.

The EPA says in a news release that Trident Seafoods Corp. also agreed to invest more than $30 million in in waste controls.

An EPA complaint contends Trident had more than 480 Clean Water Act violations at 14 of its on-shore and off-shore Alaska facilities.

The EPA says the agreement requires Trident to invest $30 million to $40 million or more in controlling waste, including construction of a fish meal plant in Naknek, Alaska, that can handle at least 30 million pounds of seafood waste annually.

The EPA says Trident also agreed to monitor seafloor waste piles at other facilities.