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VMRC says it erred in Horn Harbor case ad

An article in the July 12 Gazette-Journal contained incorrect information about a VMRC permit request submitted by John C. Miller III of Susan for an oyster aquaculture operation.

Ben Stagg, chief engineer with Virginia Marine Resources Commission, said in an e-mail that there had been a miscommunication between him and Miller about the status of the aquaculture floats. Stagg said he believed that Miller wished to keep the floats in place while applying for an after-the-fact permit, which would create a situation in which the application for the floats would be subject to public comment and review by the commission.

However, said Stagg, Miller instead intended to remove the floats and apply for a new permit to re-deploy them, in which case no further action would be taken regarding any penalty for past non-compliance. Miller did indeed remove the floats, said Stagg, and was “reasonably upset about the article as he believes he complied with removal of the apparatus as soon as h...

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