Alaskan frozen salmon processor fined over Clean Water Act violation

Silver Bay Seafoods was fined $73,000.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency, Silver Bay Seafoods, a frozen seafood processor, was in violation of its Clean Water Act (CWA) National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit and has been fined, as reported in site the ehsdailyadvisor.

The company – one of the largest seafoods companies in the state – operates six domestic processing facilities throughout Alaska and the West Coast.

The facility at Metlakatla – a federal Indian reservation – primarily processes herring, salmon, halibut, rockfish, sablefish, sea cucumber, geoduck and other shellfish and operates all year round.

Violations were discovered during an inspection of the facility on September 16, 2015.

The fine was due to discharged untreated sanitary waste to the beach under its facility’s dock in Metlakatla, failure to properly treat seafood processing waste, failure to conduct daily visual inspections, as well as exceeding the effluent limit for seafood processing waste residues. In addition, the company caused routine foam buildup on the surface of the water as a result of its discharge.