PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The West Coast's biggest seafood processor says it will appeal a $40,000 state fine for failing to clean up the waste from its plant on the Newport waterfront.

Pacific Seafood issued a statement Wednesday acknowledging "minor violations" of the wastewater discharge permit for its Newport subsidiary, Pacific Shrimp, but arguing that the amount of the fine is excessive.

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality fined the company $40,591 for allowing too much suspended solids, oil and grease in the water discharged into Yaquina Bay, noting that the violations date to July 2008.

Pacific Seafood General Copunsel Craig Urness said the company will work with DEQ to resolve the issue.

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