AquaBounty Files With State

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has received the water withdrawal permit application for the AquaBounty facility, proposed for Pioneer. We reported AquaBounty raises genetically modified salmon…and has proposed a $200 million dollar investment…to build a 479,000 square foot facility…with a capacity to produce 10,000 metric tons of genetically modified salmon a year. The ODNR application, is to allow the farm to withdraw 3 million gallons of groundwater a day in the Lake Erie watershed. If it’s deemed incomplete, the company will be informed of what information is needed. Once that’s done, the public will have 30 days to make comments. The chief of the Division of Water Resources has 90 days to issue or deny the permit. While ODNR still needs to look at the information, Ed Kidston, the owner of Artesian of Pioneer…he owns the property in question…says the studies prove water is available and renewable for the project. Some dispute that.

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