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Ketchikan Seafood Processor Agrees to Pay $25,000 EPA Settlement
to Resolve Clean Water Act Violations


October 11, 2006

Ketchikan, Alaska - The United States Environmental Protection Agency announced today that E.C. Phillips and Son, Inc., a seafood processing facility located in Ketchikan, has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty to settle alleged water discharge permit violations with the EPA.

EPA initiated its enforcement action following the discovery that the company had violated their National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit at its Ketchikan facility. E.C. Phillips and EPA signed a Consent Agreement and Final Order which settles all the violations and sets the monetary penalty.

"Protecting Alaska's waters is a top priority for us," said Kim Ogle, EPA's NPDES Compliance Unit Manager in Seattle. "We are pleased that we were able to reach a settlement with E.C. Phillips and Sons, Inc. and expect better permit compliance in the future."

The list of alleged violations provided by the EPA are as follows:

  • E.C. Phillips failed to treat seafood processing waste and instead discharged the untreated waste directly into Tongass Narrows and onto the adjacent shoreline;
  • E.C. Phillips failed to ensure that its effluent was one-half inch or less prior to discharge; and
  • E.C. Philips failed to develop and implement an adequate Best Management Practices Plan.


Source of News:

EPA - Pacific Northwest Region


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