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Grafton carp processing plant will get state help

July 09, 2012 at 11:04 AM

The Associated Press

GRAFTON—Developers intent on building an Asian carp-processing plant in the Mississippi River town of Grafton are getting help from Illinois taxpayers.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity has signed off on $1.9 million for the project.

That includes a $1.4 million low-interest loan to American Heartland Fish Products, with the remaining money meant for infrastructure improvements related to the plant.

American Heartland is pushing the plan unveiled last month in the 700-resident town, located about 40 miles northeast of St. Louis.

The carp are an invasive species that has migrated up the Mississippi and Illinois rivers and is poised to invade the Great Lakes, where scientists say the carp could out-compete native fish for food.

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