Nordic Aquafarm submitted an environmental impact report for its attempt to build a large fish farm in the Samoa Peninsula. This was a rare turn by a developer. The Draft of the reportToday’s release replaces a draft review in the county’s decision that the aquaculture plant would not negatively impact Humboldts environmental.
The company’s new report also found insignificant impacts on Humboldt Bays water and geology, as well as energy. It calls for active mitigation of impacts on surface, groundwater, stormwater runoff and hazardous materials.
Environmental groups such as Humboldt Baykeeper or 350 Humboldt requested the full EIR. The company responded in May by announcing that it would continue with the more thorough investigation.
Baykeeper Director Jenifer Calt stated in an email that the main concern is the ocean discharge and the possibility of nutrient pollution. This could increase the domoic acid production by toxic algae. The bay intakes have also been overlooked in the initial study.
The plant would also require a lot of energy, consuming around 15 percent of the PG&E’s output. However, they are currently working with Redwood Coast Energy Authority to make a power purchase agreement (at our request). Kalt explained that although they claim they will install 3-5MW solar systems, this is only a fraction.
Public comment will be accepted by the Humboldt County Planning and Building Department until February 18, 2022. Comments may be submitted to the department at 3015 H St., Eureka, CA 95501 or at CEQAResponses@co.humboldt.ca.us. The full draft report is available here Here.