Trump Tower failed to follow fish protection rules

Associated Press

Chicago – The Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago is one of the largest users of water from the Chicago River, but records show it has never met Environmental Protection Agency rules for protecting fish.

The Chicago Tribune reports that city records indicate the skyscraper siphons nearly 20 million gallons a day for its cooling systems before pumping water back into the river at up to 35 degrees hotter.

State and federal regulations limit the number of fish that can be trapped or killed during water intake processes.

State records show that of the nearly dozen high-rise buildings using the river for cooling water, Trump Tower is the only one that has failed to document it followed the requirements. Officials at the decade-old building also failed to study fish killed by the complex.

Trump Tower officials didn’t immediately respond to the newspaper’s request for comment.