AquaBounty en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment process flawed, says en­vi­ron­men­tal group

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE ISLAND -

The de­ci­sion to al­low ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon to be grown in P.E.I. was the re­sult of a faulty en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment process, says the Coali­tion for the Pro­tec­tion of P.E.I. Wa­ter.

Cather­ine O’Brien, a spokes­woman for the group, said the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process for the en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment of the AquaBounty Canada fa­cil­ity in Rollo Bay was in­ad­e­quate and poorly ad­ver­tised.

“Even af­ter en­vi­ron­ment of­fi­cials de­cided to ex­tend the dead­line for sub­mis­sions, there wasn’t re­ally enough time for peo­ple to be­come in­formed enough or to pre­pare to re­spond to the ap­pli­ca­tion for such a big project,” O’Brien said.

In June, the pro­vin­cial govern­ment ap­proved AquaBounty Canada’s ap­pli­ca­tion to ex­pand the fa­cil­ity.

Fed­eral En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Cather­ine McKenna has said any plans to grow the ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon in Rollo Bay would be sub­ject to strict re­quire­ments.

Ear­lier this week, the fed­eral govern­ment stated that the pro­posal to pro­duce the world’s first ge­net­i­cally mod­i­fied salmon for hu­man con­sump­tion in P.E.I. will face an en­vi­ron­men­tal as­sess­ment.

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