Thursday, April 15, 2004

Shrimp farm is told
it must clean up its act

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently ordered Kahuku Shrimp Farm Co. to correct waste-water discharge violations at its Oahu facility.

An EPA review of Kahuku's discharge-monitoring reports from February 2002 to January 2004 found that the company had violated its permit conditions by discharging waste water with higher-than-allowed levels of nitrates, nitrate nitrogen and ammonia nitrogen.

"The EPA will ensure all needed corrections are made, and additional monitoring conducted, to comply with Clean Water Act requirements," said Alexis Strauss, EPA water division director for the Pacific Southwest.

By the end of April, the company will need to submit a plan detailing how it will bring the facility into compliance.


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