Vermont, FEMA differ over fish hatchery repairs


ROXBURY (AP) - The state of Vermont is still trying to get the Federal Emergency Management to help pay for repairs to the fish hatchery in Roxbury.

Restoring the hatchery is the state's largest remaining Irene repair project.

At issue is whether FEMA should help pay for a replacement hatchery that meets federal clean water standards.

If the hatchery, Vermont's oldest, were to be restored to its pre-Irene condition it would violate federal water quality laws.

Vermont Public Radio ( reports a replacement facility that meets clean water standards would cost nearly $4.5 million. It asked FEMA to pick up 90 percent of the cost.

FEMA denied the request on the grounds that the 2011 flood didn't cause the hatchery to be out of compliance so the repairs are not the agency's responsibility.

Information from: WVPS-FM,


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