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EPA Reaches over $10,000 Clean Water Act Settlement with Deep Creek Custom Packing, Inc. of Ninilchik, Alaska

Release Date: 01/29/2007
Contact Information: Margo Young, (206) 553-1287, young.margo@epa.gov, Tony Brown, (206) 553-1203, brown.anthony@epa.gov

(Ninilchik, Alaska – Jan. 29, 2007) As part of an ongoing campaign to protect Alaska’s coastal waters, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has reached a $10,500 settlement with Deep Creek Custom Packing, Inc. (Deep Creek), an Alaskan seafood processor based in Ninilchik, Alaska, for violations of their National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit.

Following an inspection by EPA and the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation at Deep Creek’s facility on March 18th and 30th, 2005, the company was cited for the failure to grind seafood waste to pieces less than inch, the unauthorized discharge of seafood waste near a State Critical Habitat Area, the failure to conduct all required monitoring, and the failure to keep its Best Management Practices Plan up to date.

“Seafood processing companies like Deep Creek need to follow permit requirements or face penalties,” said Kim Ogle, EPA’s Regional NPDES Compliance Manager. Protecting Alaska’s water quality means enforcing the law when discharge permits are violated.”

For more about EPA’s discharge permitting program, visit: http://cfpub.epa.gov/npdes/index.cfm

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