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Judge orders full environmental impact study for Grieg salmon farm

She overturned province's decision to release Grieg from further review. 

A Newfoundland and Labrador Supreme Court judge has ordered that Grieg's Placentia Bay salmon farming project be subject to a full environmental impact study (EIS), according to CBC

Justice Gillian Butler overturned a provincial minister's decision to release the project from further environmental assessment. 

"I find the obligation to order as EIS was such a duty owed to the people of the province," Butler wrote.

She also ordered that the government pay the Atlantic Salmon Federation's court costs. 

Butler also ordered that the government should pay the Atlantic Salmon Federation's court costs. The other plaintiff, Lawyer Owen Myers, didn't seek costs.

Grieg's salmon farming project includes a $75 million (€64.4 million) hatchery and nursery, which will harvest 33,000 metric tons of Atlantic salmon per year. If approved, the facility would more than double Newfoundland and Labrador's farmed salmon production. 

The farm has been controversial, with a group urging the Newfoundland government not to buy a stake in the farm project

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