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Coalition Appeals EPA Permit For Gulf of Mexico Fish Farm

SARASOTA, FL —  On October 30, 2020, The Don’t Cage Our Ocean Coalition joined together today with local and regional partners to file an appeal against the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) pollution discharge permit for Velella Epsilon, an industrial finfish aquaculture facility vying for construction permits in federal waters off of Sarasota, Florida. The EPA’s permit will allow the facility to dump untreated wastewater directly into the surrounding ecosystems.

Groups filing the appeal, which include Recirculating Farms Coalition, Center for Food Safety, Friends of the Earth, Center for Biological Diversity, Food & Water Watch, Healthy Gulf, Suncoast Waterkeeper, and Tampa Bay Waterkeeper, argue that the permit violates the Clean Water Act (CWA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

The organizations released the following statement today:

“This permit should never have been issued. The EPA violated the law by failing to evaluate the potential dangers of the wastewater that this facility will release, such as contributing to harmful algal blooms (also often known as red tide) and pharmaceutical residues in the ocean and antibiotic resistance in people. By allowing this facility to pollute, the EPA has failed to protect the vulnerable Gulf ecosystem and the communities that rely on it. This needs to stop.”

 

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Supporting Healthy Local Communities

Advocating for Fair Policies

Promoting Sustainable Agriculture


Food Access
Growing Local NOLA is a community food and farm hub in the Central City neighborhood of New Orleans, LA.

Mobile Health & Wellness
Growing Local On The Geaux provides health-supportive services across New Orleans.


National
Challenging policymakers and others to promote expansion of sustainable farming and fair access to fresh food in the United States. More

Local
Working with state and local elected officials and agencies to advocate for accessible, fresh food in Louisiana. More


Recirculating Farms
Working with individuals and groups to raise awareness of the benefits of recirculating farming. Learn more and find a farm near you!

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