The review would need to ensure that the corps permit complies with six different state environmental laws.
In addition, some state lawmakers want to see additional state and local government requirements and oversight.
In seeking a solution to what could become an overly complex permitting system, the shellfish industry has thrown its support to House Bill 1728. Prime-sponsored by Bill Eickmeyer, D-Belfair, the bill calls for a coordinated shellfish aquaculture regulatory process.
Robin Downey, executive director of the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association, said most shellfish farms are small mom and pop operations that would be overwhelmed by overlapping federal, state and local regulations.
Source: Capital Press