The operators of a proposed salmon farm near Pioneer Ohio have yet to submit requested paperwork to a state agency as they seek a permit to discharge millions-of-gallons of wastewater into the east Branch of the Saint Joseph River.
Jim Milnes, of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, updated the Hillsdale County Board of Commissioners, earlier this week, on Aquabounty’s efforts to establish the operation.
The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has issued a permit to withdraw more than 5.2 million gallons of water, daily, from the Michindoh Aquifer, which serves residents of the Tri-State Area.
However, the company is awaiting a permit to discharge wastewater into the East Branch of the Saint Joseph River.
The permit is contingent on information from Aquabounty that, apparently, has yet to be submitted to state officials.
Hillsdale County Commissioners Chairman Mark Wiley told WCSR News, while the state line limits local control over what happens with the controversial operation–and the aquifer–there has been a good line of communication between officials in Ohio and those here in Michigan regarding the issue.
Jim Milne of the Michigan Department Of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy presents information about the Aquabounty salmon farm to the Hillsdale County Board of Commissioners