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Seafood Processing Wastewater Discharges in Alaska

APDES Permits

An Operator of a seafood processing facility seeking authorization to discharge wastewater to surface waters must apply for an Alaska Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (APDES) permit. Two types of permits are available for seafood processors.

A general permit (GP) is issued on a state-wide, regional, or geographical basis for a category of disposal activities that are similar in nature and will comply with applicable water quality standards. A general permit application, known as a notice of intent (NOI) form, shall be submitted by the permittees that seek to obtain discharge authorization under the general permit. ***Note: Submit General Permit NOI's separately from Annual Reports. Please send NOI's to DEC.Water.SeafoodPermitting@alaska.gov .

An individual permit is issued to a specific facility that is not eligible for coverage under a general permit. 

Applicants requesting authorization to discharge under a general permit must complete the required forms defined in the corresponding permit tabs below:

Seafood Processors in Alaska GP
(Expired/Administratively Extended)

Covers shorebased facilities and vessels operating within 3.0 nautical miles (nm) of shore at mean lower low water (MLLW) or baseline. No new permittees can be authorized under this permit.

A number of Alaskan seafood processors are authorized to discharge wastewater under general permit AKG520000, which expired in 2006. Since AKG520000 expired, DEC has issued a new general permit for offshore processors, AKG523000, and is developing a new shore-based general permit, AKG521000, to replace the old permit. During this transitional period, permittees covered by administrative extension of the expired permit need to know that continued authorization to discharge is contingent upon:

  1. Compliance with AKG520000 permit requirements.
  2. Permittees must submit Annual Reports and updated NOIs for material changes to facilities in a timely manner.
  3. Some permittees previously covered by AKG520000 must now be covered under AKG523000, if they discharge seafood processing waste 0.5 to 3.0 nm from MLLW shore or baseline.
  4. Shorebased processing vessels discharging between shore and 0.5 nm at MLLW may continue permit coverage under AKG520000 until the new permit AKG521000 is in effect.
  5. Other permittees may no longer be covered by AKG520000 if they discharge seafood processing waste at sea more than 3.0 nm from shore. Permittees should contact EPA to establish the type of permit coverage needed to discharge more than 3.0 nm from shore.

Permit Documents and Forms

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Remote Onshore Seafood Processors Wastewater Discharge GP (Under Development) DEC is developing this general permit for onshore seafood processing facilities discharging to marine and fresh water.

Alaska Offshore Seafood Processors GP (Expired/Administratively Extended, Reissuance Under Development) Covers seafood processing waste discharge between 0.5 nautical miles (nm) from shore at mean lower low water out to 3.0 nm from shore or baseline, whichever is farther.

A seafood processing vessel discharging seafood processing waste between 0.5 nautical miles (nm) to 3.0 nm from shore, or baseline, must apply for coverage under the general permit AKG523000. AKG523000 has expired and a number of permittees are covered by administrative extension. Administratively extended permittees need to know that continued authorization to discharge is contingent upon:

  1. Compliance with AKG523000 permit requirements.
  2. Permittees must submit Annual Reports and updated NOIs for material changes to facilities in a timely manner.
  3. A new NOI is required if your vessel’s discharge locations are different than the previous year.

Permit Documents and Forms

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Seafood Processors Operating Shorebased Facilities on Kodiak Island (Under Development) This permit is expired, but it is a high priority to reissue.

Seafood processors and a by-product recovery facility in Kodiak are authorized to discharge to St. Paul Harbor and Near Island Channel by permit AKG528000. DEC intends to reissue this permit in the future.

Most discharges may still be covered under the old EPA expired permit AKG528000 through administrative extension. These permittees are required to continue submitting annual reports and individual applications to inform the Department of any material changes regarding the operation or management of the discharge process. New dischargers should apply for coverage using individual permit application forms.

Permit Documents and Forms

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All applicants requesting an individual permit must complete the following APDES Forms along with any category specific applications, such as existing source, new source, or mixing zone. Individual permits are issued to large facilities and those processors discharging to restricted waters that are not covered by a general permit.

Form Description
APDES Form
1
(pdf)
General Application Form
Must be completed by all applicants required to obtain an individual APDES permit.
APDES Form
2C
(pdf)
Existing Industrial Facilities
Includes Seafood Processors.
APDES Form
2D
(pdf)
New Sources and New Dischargers
Application for Permit to Discharge Seafood Process Wastewater for facilities without prior permits.
APDES Form
2M
(pdf)
Request for a Mixing Zone
Must be completed by an applicant requesting a mixing zone for a discharge.

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  • NPDES AKG524000 Offshore Seafood Processors in Alaska GP
    Covers seafood processors that discharge more than 3.0 nm from shore at mean lower low water or baseline, whichever is farther. Permittees must contact EPA and submit the AKG524000 NOI to request authorization to discharge.
  • NPDES Vessel General Permit - Covers seafood processing vessel discharges when they are not operating as a processing vessel, but only acting in a mode of transportation.

Applicants who construct, alter, install, modify, or operate any part of a nondomestic wastewater treatment works or disposal system must first have written department approval of engineering plans (Per Article 6. Nondomestic Wastewater System Plan Review 18 AAC 72.600). Written approval is not required for an emergency repair or routine maintenance; however, contact with the DEC must be made prior to emergency repair.

The review, construction and approval process for getting approval of an engineered wastewater disposal system can be found on the Engineering Support and Plan Review webpage.

  • ESPR Contact:
  • Gene McCabe, ESPR Section Manager
  • Division of Water
  • Department of Environmental Conservation
  • 555 Cordova St., Anchorage, AK 99501
  • (907) 269-7692
  • Email: Gene.Mccabe@alaska.gov

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Contacts

Earl Crapps, Section Manager
Domestic & Industrial Utilities
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: 907-269-7681 | Fax: 907-269-3487
Email: Earl.Crapps@alaska.gov
Clynda Case, Section Lead
Seafood Wastewater Permitting
1700 E. Bogard Rd., Building B, Suite 103
Wasilla, AK 99654
Office: 907-376-1865 | Fax: 907-376-2382
Email: DEC.Water.SeafoodPermitting@alaska.gov
Anne Weaver
Seafood Wastewater Permitting
555 Cordova Street
Anchorage, AK 99501
Office: 907-269-7483 | Fax: 907-269-3487
Email: DEC.Water.SeafoodPermitting@alaska.gov
Jackie Ebert
Seafood Wastewater Permitting
410 Willoughby Ave., Ste. 303
PO Box 111800
Juneau, AK 99801
Office: 907-465-5336 | Fax: 907-465-5177
Email: DEC.Water.SeafoodPermitting@alaska.gov