March 19, 2004
After extended negotiations with the company, Nautilus agreed to pay a penalty of $15,000. EPA agreed to a substantially reduced penalty because Nautilus submitted information indicating the company was unable to pay a higher amount. The agreement was reached just prior to trial.
"Seafood processing is a critical element of Alaska's economy," said Mike Bussell, Director of the EPA's Enforcement and Compliance office in Seattle. "But it shouldn't be done at the expense of the environment that the seafood industry depends upon. Strong enforcement actions help level the playing field by forcing non-compliant operators to invest in treatment technologies and practices that their competitors have adopted in order to obey the law and protect their environment.
"It's our hope that the owner of this facility better understands his obligations to the environment and others in the industry. "
Nautilus Foods has operated
as a salmon processor in Valdez since 1982. The company has changed
name several times, but has been operated by the same individual,
Thomas Waterer. This was the second action EPA has brought against
the facility for Clean Water Act violations. The State of Alaska
has also brought enforcement actions against this facility.
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