Nordic Aquafarms' land-based salmon farming project has received all of its necessary state and city permits to build its 33,000-metric-ton land-based salmon farm in Belfast, Maine. But the project is continuing to see pushback from local opposition groups.
On Tuesday, Maine opposition group Environmental Upstream Watch stated they had appealed all five of the permits granted to Nordic Aquafarms by the Belfast Planning Board.
The appeals are over Nordic allegedly failing to meet application requirements, according to Upstream Watch. The group said Nordic's "financial capacity" did not meet regulated requirements after the city of Belfast expended "extraordinary amounts of time and money" on the project.
The group is also asking for additional structural assessments of the project and questioning how the project will impact Belfast's water quality.
"Our permits were granted after extensive processes both at the state level and at the city level," Marianne Naess, executive vice president of commercial for Nordic, told IntraFish in repsone to the appeals.
"These appeals were expected and they will not change our plans for developing our facility in Belfast."
Opponents have also filed court appeals on the Board of Environmental Protection’s application decision, which are not expected to be considered until this summer, reported local news site Waldo Village Soup.
Nordic Aquafarms is still awaiting federal approval to begin construction.