Seafoods will pay more than 112-thousand dollars for not reporting large
quantities of hazardous chemicals to the EPA. The company violated the
Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act by not telling local
emergency response teams that they had large quantities of ammonia, a hazardous
chemical, at processing plants in Akutan, Kodiak, Petersburg, and Seattle. EPA
public affairs specialist Tony Brown says this endangered the surrounding
to large quantities of ammonia can cause respiratory problems and eye
irritations and it is highly explosive. The company reportedly stored 25
thousand pounds in Kodiak, 80 thousand in Akutan, 1,400 pounds in Petersburg,
and 19,500 in Seattle.
will pay a 61 thousand dollar penalty to the federal government and will fund
supplemental environmental project. The company will spend 23 thousand dollars
on emergency response equipment for the Kodiak fire department and 28 thousand
dollars on equipment for the Akutan volunteer fire department.
assistant regional council Stephanie Mairs says this is a common violation and
though Trident is paying a significant penalty, it is not unusually large.
Mairs says the company does not have any previous violations nor do they admit
guilt in this instance.
did not respond to phone calls on Monday.