Status Review & Update on
Totten Inlet Mussel Rafts
Last year, the Thurston Co.
Hearing Examiner found that Taylor's Environmental Impact
Statement (EIS) was lacking in several areas (particularly
cumulative impacts) which could negatively impact the
ecology of Totten Inlet.
Taylor appealed to the Thurston
Board of County Commissioner (BOCC) to overturn the Hearing
In November of 2012, the Thurston
BOCC upheld the Hearing Examiner's decision and denied
Taylor's request for a permit to expand mussel aquaculture
operations in Totten Inlet. Read the
Taylor appealed to the State
Shoreline Hearings Board (SHB) to overturn the Thurston Co.
Commissioner's decision. That proceeding will occur:
9 AM – 5PM,
April 22 & 23, 2013 (
Mon. & Tues)
State Parks Bldg, 1111 Israel Rd SW, Suite 301, Tumwater, WA
We urge you to attend if
at all possible.
presence to show public support for this issue will be noticed
by the SHB and may impact the outcome.
The Thurston Co. Prosecuting
Attorney's Office has the primary responsibility to defend the
County's decision. APHETI is a formal party in the SHB proceedings
and will be represented by our attorney, Mr. David Mann.
Financial support for Mr. Mann's efforts has been generously
provided by a private citizens shoreline group located in Pierce
County. It is clearly seen that raft type aquaculture will surely
expand to the inlets of Pierce County if approved here in Totten
We will notify you of the outcome of the SHB proceedings. Either
way, the next step in the “due process” available to Taylor or
Thurston Co. / APHETI is an appeal to Superior Court.
The battle for Totten Inlet and the broader Puget Sound goes on.
Your patient support over all these years has been the key to
APHETI's success. Thank you!
2012: The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners
upheld the Hearing Examiner's decision from July, 2012.
On Thursday, July
19, 2012, Thurston County Hearing Examiner, Thomas R. Bjorgen,
issued his decision on the proposed expansion of mussel-raft
aquaculture operations in Totten Inlet.
Briefly stated, the Decision concludes that the
Taylor Shellfish Company (Taylor) application does not comply
with the standards for issuance of a Substantial Shoreline
Development Permit. This being due to Taylor’s failure to
adequately analyze three critical cumulative impacts the mussel
rafts may have on the marine environment.
Read more of the summary.
full 95-page decision document is
available electronically from Thurston County's Permitting and Land
Use web site (click on Hearing Examiner Decision, July
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