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Green group blasts AquaBounty assessment process

Group says the process was ‘flawed.'

Environmental group, the Coalition for the Protection of P.E.I. Water, is claiming the decision to allow genetically modified salmon to be grown in Prince Edward Island (PEI) was the result of a faulty environmental assessment process, reports The Guardian.

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.

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