- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. (AP) - Two conservation groups say they will sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, alleging its fish hatchery near Leavenworth violates federal clean-water rules.

The Wild Fish Conservancy and the Center for Environmental Law & Policy on Tuesday filed it required 60-day notice of intent to sue the agency.

The groups allege the hatchery is discharging pollutants into nearby Icicle Creek without a necessary permit and that it has not had a permit for 35 years. They also say the hatchery releases chemicals, phosphorus, antibiotics and other pollutants into the waters.

Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Amanda Smith says her agency is aware of the notice but declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.

The hatchery focuses on raises spring Chinook salmon for sport, tribal and commercial fisheries.

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