Alaskan Seafood Processing - Notice of Data Availability
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Seafood processing waste discharged into town harbor. Sitka, Alaska 2003. Photo by EPA Region 10 dive team.
Seafood waste piles up on the seafloor, smothering bottom-dwelling aquatic life. Ketchikan, Alaska, 2004. Photo by Germano & Associates, Inc.
EPA has published information it gathered recently from seafood processing facilities in Alaska and other publicly available sources. These data relate to the Alaskan seafood subcategories of the Seafood Processing Effluent Guidelines at 40 CFR Part 408. The Agency is providing preliminary results of analyses of the updated data and indications of how these results might be reflected in revised regulations which it may promulgate.
EPA has extended the comment period on these data and is accepting comments through March 7, 2014. The Federal Register notice is available below.
It is important to take advantage of this opportunity to comment on this notice so that EPA hears from a broad range of stakeholders. EPA expects interested parties to comment now to inform Agency decision-making.
- Fact Sheet (PDF) (2 pp, 55K) (October 2013)
- Notice of Data Availability (PDF) (14 pp, 269K) (November 7, 2013)
- Notice - Extension of Comment Period (PDF) (2 pp, 201K) (December 27, 2013)
Notice of Data Availability History
In 1980, the Alaska seafood processing industry sent two petitions to EPA. The first petition asked the Agency to suspend the applicability of effluent limitations for non-remote subcategories set in the ELGs, and the second petition requested a new rulemaking. The effluent limitations at issue were based upon screening technology. In response to the first petition, EPA temporarily suspended the stricter limits for Anchorage, Cordova, Juneau, Ketchikan and Petersburg and instead allowed processors in those areas to use the limits for remote locations based upon grinding. On January 9, 1981, EPA proposed revisions to some of the regulations, while denying most of the industry’s petition. The subcategories included in the proposal were Subparts D, E, F, G, I, J, P, Q, T, AC and AE. EPA also continued the suspension of the ELGs until it issued a final response to the petition. EPA has yet to issue a final response.
- Notice - Suspension of Regulations (42 FR 32675, May 19, 1980) (PDF) (2 pp, 319K)
- Notice of availability and request for comment on petitions to modify regulations (45 FR 52411, August 7, 1980) (PDF) (6 pp, 965K)
- Proposed rule (46 FR 2544, January 9, 1981) (PDF) (11 pp, 1MB)
- Notice - Extension of comment period and notice of availability of additional supporting information (46 FR 18055, March 23, 1981) (PDF) (1 pg, 149K)
- Notice - Extension of comment period and notice of availability of additional supporting information (46 FR 30663, June 10, 1981 (PDF) (1 pg, 136K)
In 2010, EPA began the process leading to a final decision to amend the regulations. The Agency sent questionnaires to owners and operators of seafood processing facilities in Anchorage, Cordova, Juneau, Petersburg, Dutch Harbor, Ketchikan and the Kenai Peninsula. Supporting analyses were conducted to update the 1981 proposal.
- Questionnaire for Canned and Preserved Seafood Processing Facilities in Certain Locations of Alaska (April 2010) (PDF) (40 pp, 242K)
For additional information regarding Seafood Processing Effluent Guidelines, please contact Lindsay Guzzo, firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-553-0268, or Meghan Hessenauer, email@example.com or 202-566-1040.