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Va. menhaden processor faces pollution charges

Tuesday - 3/26/2013, 7:20am  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Menhaden processor Omega Protein Inc. is facing federal water pollution charges.

The company is accused of dumping pollutants into state waters from its fishing fleet between 2008 and 2010.

The charges filed in U.S. District Court in Norfolk don't identify the pollutant.

Omega spokesman Ben Landry tells The Virginian-Pilot ( ) that the Coast Guard discovered problems in the way bilge water and storm water were handled at the fishing fleet's home docks in Reedville.

Landry says the Coast Guard has approved of upgrades the company made in 2011 to improve the collection, storage and disposal of bilge water and storm water.

He says the total cost to the company is expected to be about $7.5 million. That figure includes fines, community contributions and fleet improvements.


Information from: The Virginian-Pilot,

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