One company, Pacific Seafood-Eureka, is facing significant backlash after violating the federal Clean Water Act.
According to a news release sent to Narcity, the EPA has settled with Pacific Seafood, which requires them to pay a $74,500 penalty.
An EPA inspection found the company was discharging wastewater.
The U.S. EPA
The company was found to be dumping this wastewater into the City of Eureka's sewer system in California and Humbolt Bay's Eureka Slough.
Some of the waste was from an indoor shrimp processing area that skipped using the company's pretreatment system, and more according to the news release.
The EPA warns that untreated waste can result in pollutants that can harm aquatic life and affect water quality.
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