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DEQ sets table for strict review of Nestle water bid

Jon Harrison

Opponents of Nestle Ice Mountain's stalled bid to pump more Michigan groundwater are praising a Department of Environmental Quality decision to subject the request to the strictest standard under Michigan law.

In a Jan. 17 letter, DEQ director Heidi Grether wrote that the agency will consider the entanglement between tie-barred state laws that regulate withdrawal of more than 200,000 gallons of water per day for bottling when reviewing the company's application to boost pumping on a production well in Osceola County.

Prior to Grether's letter, Nestle opponents like Jim Olson, president of FLOW (For Love of Water), a Traverse City environmental advocacy nonprofit, say the public was largely in the dark as to exactly how the DEQ planned to review the application under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA).

For the full article, see Garret Ellison, "DEQ sets table for strict review of Nestle water bid", MLive, February 7, 2017.


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