In line with a press launch issued by the Division of Justice, the federal authorities and the Conservation Regulation Basis have reached an settlement with the state of New Hampshire and its Fish and Sport Division. The settlement would resolve a four-year authorized dispute regarding air pollution emmentating from New Hampshire’s largest fish hatchery.
The state-owned hatchery was sued by the Conservation Regulation Basis for violations of phosphorous discharge limits in its discharge permits. The Environmental Safety Company (EPA) ultimately joined the lawsuit as an intervenor and proposed a consent decree.
“Dangerous algal blooms in New England waters have been growing in current years and have to be addressed to be able to shield human well being and the setting,” stated EPA Regional Administrator David Money. “This settlement not solely requires the Powder Mill Hatchery to cut back phosphorus discharges that contribute to such blooms but additionally requires steps to be taken to deal with the phosphorus that has accrued in downstream sediments over time.”
The proposed settlement requires the state of New Hampshire to implement new wastewater therapy methods and infrastructure. The hatchery should meet its permitted phosphorus discharge ranges by the top of 2025, in line with the press launch.