Trident Seafoods to pay almost $300k for waste violations

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Trident Seafoods Corp. will pay a nearly $300,000 civil penalty to settle violations of federal clean water rules at two Alaska ports.

The Environmental Protection Agency says the $297,000 proposed settlement is for violations by processing plants at Sand Point and Wrangell.

Trident will remove seafood processing waste that covers nearly 3.5 acres of ocean floor near the Sand Point plant. The company was required to limit its waste pile to one acre.

Waste piles contain bones, shells and other organic materials that can make habitat unsuitable for fish and other marine organisms.

At Wrangell, Trident agreed to screen out most solid seafood wastes.

Dive surveys will monitor future accumulated seafood waste.

The proposed settlement is subject to a 30-day comment period and final court approval.

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