The Ohio Department of Natural Resources approved a permit for AquaBounty’s water withdrawal. One of the many permits AquaBounty needs to operate their Pioneer facility is a Water Withdrawal and Consumptive Use Permit from ODNR. The aquaculture company had already received one such permit earlier this year, but that was relinquished with the approval of this one. The east well field application…now approved…will allow AquaBounty to withdraw a maximum of 5.2 million gallons a day of water from the aquifer. This water will then be used to produce 10,000 metric tons of genetically modified salmon a year. The permit, according to the ODNR website, is conditioned upon AquaBounty obtaining a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System Permit from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

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