After extensive and thorough permit application processes Nordic Aquafarms is hitting final permitting milestones in Maine:
- Findings of facts from Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands were issued on June 10, and Nordic is looking forward to the Submerged Land´s Lease being issued.
- First Draft order (Minor Air Emissions Permit) from Maine Department of Environmental Protection was issued on Friday July 17, 2020.
- On July 15, the City of Belfast Planning Board voted 5-0 that the Preliminary Site Plan, including supplemental information submitted by Nordic Aquafarms, satisfies the criteria identified in Section 90-42, moving closer to a final decision on the local city permit.
- Waldo County Superior Court dismissed some local opponent´s latest attempt at derailing the project by claiming that that the DEP Board lacked subject matter jurisdiction to review Nordic´s permit application due to lack of TRI.
Nordic Aquafarms is very pleased to be in the final stages of the permitting processes receiving validation of our solid work and applications. Permitting for a green field site is a more comprehensive process, but it has clear long-term benefits for Nordic Aquafarms.
“We are very appreciative for the DEP´s careful and deliberate review and the progress they have been able to make despite the COVID-19 situation. We also commend the City Planning Board for its careful review of the application and the vote to move forward to a final decision on the permits” says Erik Heim, president of Nordic Aquafarms Inc.
“We chose Maine very deliberately because of our shared vision of environmental sustainability. After thorough scrutiny in Maine, we are pleased that our own standards so far meet or exceed the high expectations of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection”, he added.