The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, DEQ, heard from Michigan residents in a big way. The public opposition to a new proposal from Nestle to double the amount of pure fresh water pumped from Michigan’s sole major aquifer was 80,945 against to 75 in favor.
Nestle, a company based in Switzerland, can already suck and export up to 250 gallons a minute from a well in Evart, Michigan. Now it wants a new permit that would allow the company to pump 400 gallons of water each minute of the day, 365 days a year.
The Michigan DEQ got an unprecedented number of public comments on Nestle’s pompous request, that started over two years ago.
But it’s not over. It turns out that the Michigan DEQ is powerless to stop the foreign company proceeding with their plan despite overwhelming opposition.
“We cant, we don’t have the power to say no arbitrarily. We can’t just say no for reasons that aren’t attached to the law.” said Matt Gamble, the Department of Environmental Quality supervisor who’s coordinating the response effort.
Looks like legislative bodies will have to step up and lead. We are not hopeful.
Michigan residents have only a few more days to express their views on letting Nestle, a foreign company, to expand its capability of pumping millions of gallons of pure water from Michigan’s aquifer for a mere $200.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has a public comment period regarding Nestlé Waters North America, Evart, Osceola County, for a proposed increased large quantity water withdrawal made under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399. Comments will be accepted until March 3, 2017.
Nestlé announced a $36-million expansion at its Ice Mountain bottling operations in Stanwood, in Mecosta County, on Oct. 31. In a state still reeling from the Flint water crisis, the Swiss company would get nearly free access to pump 210m gallons a year for its bottled water business.
The company’s proposal to increase pumping from 150 gallons a minute to 400 gallons a minute from an aquifer underneath the plant is part of the expansion of the bottled water operations in Michigan. The company has already increased pumping to 250 gallons per minute, an increase for which no permit was required.
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