Twin Falls fish farm settles with EPA
A Twin Falls commercial fish and frog farm has settled with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for repeatedly violating the Clean Water Act and polluting the Snake River in south-central Idaho, according to a press release from EPA.
The aquaculture facility is known as the Canyon Springs Fish Farm and is operated by McCollum Enterprises.
From June 2008 to March 2012, EPA identified over 550 violations of the facility’s discharge permit, including numerous releases of phosphorus-laden wastewater. To settle the violations, McCollum Enterprises has agreed to pay a $25,000 penalty, EPA stated.
Outside of the settlement, the company has also invested in facility improvements that have significantly reduced fish mortalities and phosphorus pollution to the Snake River.
Idaho aquaculture facilities are covered by the NPDES Idaho Aquaculture General Permit. That Clean Water Act permit specifies under what conditions a facility can discharge pollutants into a river or stream to minimize impacts to water quality or human health.