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EPA fines Fisherman's Bend more than $5K

First-quarter penalties also levied against Eielson AFB and an Anchorage business

Posted: May 10, 2012 - 12:08am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently released a report on its enforcement actions from January through March of this year.

Auke Bay business Fisherman’s Bend failed to “conduct tests or maintain documentation to detect or prevent releases to the environment,” according to an EPA release. The violation is listed as being under the Underground Storage Tank Program. The business, owned by the corporation Papadrew, Inc. of Juneau, was fined a total of $5,390 for its violation.

Papadrew Inc. co-owner Troy Andrew said he is surprised to hear about the fine. The marina had been fined several hundred dollars in 2011 due to late paperwork, Andrew said. Fisherman’s Bend was required to submit monthly reports for a year, Andrew said.

“And that’s what we’ve done,” Andrew said. “This month is the last month that we are required to send in the report.”

Andrew said he believes his business was following the rules.

Papadrew Inc. is owned by director and president Richard Wolfenberger, director, secretary and treasurer Sharon Andrew and director and vice president Troy Andrew.

Penalties in EPA Region 10 during its second quarter totaled $821,731. Fines ranged in size from $1,200 to over $180,000, or a stop order on a sale.

“Penalty amounts may vary depending on a variety of factors, such as the magnitude of the violation, how quickly the violations are corrected and whether there are past violations,” according to the EPA release.

Anchorage firm North American, Inc. was fined $1,500 for failure to comply with hazardous waste generator requirements in March. Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks paid a $45,700 fine in March for failure to comply with universal waste management requirements.

• Contact reporter Russell Stigall at 523-2276 or at russell.stigall@juneauempire.com.

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