JAPANESE-OWNED FIRM TO PAY US FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS

JAPANESE-OWNED FIRM TO PAY US FOR ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATIONS

A company that operated a pulp mill from the 1950s to 1993 in southeast Alaska's Tongass National Forest has agreed to pay $1.27 million to settle government claims of repeated environmental violations since 1986, officials said.

The Japanese-owned Alaska Pulp Corp. agreed to pay the penalties for violating the federal Clean Water Act at its pulp mill in Sitka, Alaska, said Chuck Clarke, Northwest regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.The settlement was prompted by a Department of Justice motion for enforcement of a 1986 consent decree that federal officials said was ignored, EPA said.

In that motion, the Justice Department had sought more than $2 million in penalties from Alaska Pulp, EPA said.

The Justice Department alleged that from September 1986 to July 1990, Alaska Pulp inaccurately reported wastewater-effluent content.