EPA Lets St. Paul Seafood Plant Stay Open

Thursday, May 10 2012

St. Paul’s fish processing plant will be open for business this summer after all.

The Environmental Protection Agency had ordered it be shut down for half the year as part of a settlement with Trident Seafoods over Clean Water Act violations. But that order has now been scrapped in response to complaints from St. Paul’s tribal government and the regional Native corporation and community development group. The Trident plant generates a substantial amount of income for St. Paul, and they argued that a closure would dramatically affect the island’s economy. According to settlement documents obtained by reporter Wesley Loy, Trident will be required to monitor its seafood waste and make sure that each particle is no greater than a “millimeter in size in any dimension.”

The Trident settlement was the largest of its kind, with the company agreeing to pay $2.5 million in fines.

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