Environmental groups debate over fish farm expansion in Michigan

LANSING, MI. (WLNS) – Some environmental groups are taking on the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality over the approved expansion of a fish farm in the northern part of the state.

The DEQ issued a permit to Harrietta Hills Trout Farm in Crawford County, allowing it to expand to 15 times its current size.

The farm says it needs to expand to remain profitable but opponents, like the Sierra Club and a local Anglers’ Club argue the farm will pollute the river system with fish waste and phosphates.

Both sides presented arguments to an Administrative Law Judge Monday in Lansing.

The hearing will last into next month.

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