Seafood processor agrees to $570K EPA settlement

Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2010

ANCHORAGE - A Seattle-based seafood company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of more than a half-million dollars to settle allegations of clean air and community right-to-know violations at an Alaska processing plant.

The Environmental Protection Agency says Westward Seafoods Inc. will pay $570,000 to resolve problems the agency said it found at the Dutch Harbor plant from 2002 to 2006.

The agency claimed Westward Seafoods burned 1.3 million gallons of diesel fuel with excessive sulfur, operated three diesel generators with inoperable air pollution controls and failed to respond to repeated requests for information from inspectors.

The agency also claimed the company failed to annually report a community chemical hazard: 80,000 pounds of ammonia in use and storage.

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