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EPA Files $137,500 Complaint Against Nautilus Foods for Illegal Waste Handling
Release Date: 12/19/2002
Contact Information: Bub Loiselle
December 19, 2002
The Northwest regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency today filed a complaint against Nautilus Foods of Valdez and its owner, Thomas Waterer, requesting $137,500 in penalties for the company’s chronic mishandling of seafood processing wastes. (A copy of the complaint is available at: https://www.epa.gov/r10earth/offices/extaff/nautilus.pdf )
According to their Clean Water Act permits, seafood processors must limit to one acre the area of the ocean floor covered by fish wastes and meet other waste disposal limitations. Some of the violations alleged by the EPA include:
- Failure to route all seafood waste through the waste-handling system;
- Accumulation of seafood waste on the sea floor exceeding the one-acre limit by nearly 50 percent;
- Failure to properly operate and maintain waste-handling systems used for permit compliance;
- Discharges of residue in violation of the Alaska Water Quality Standard;
- Failure to prevent discharges from a broken outfall pipe that continues to discharge into Valdez Harbor; and
- Failure to monitor or report discharges for most of the last four years.
“It’s our hope that the owner of this facility now understands his obligations and will start meeting them. ”
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