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LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm has ordered state
officials not to allow new or expanded bottled water operations in
Michigan until the Legislature enacts a water withdrawal law.
The order is meant to allow time to study how water bottling
affects the state's water resources, Granholm said.
"As stewards of the Great Lakes, we must ensure these facilities
are not causing long-term harm to our most precious natural
resource," she said in a statement.
Granholm issued the order as the state Department of Environmental
Quality granted a permit to Nestle Waters North America Inc. to buy
water from the city of Evart's municipal system for bottling.
The Evart City Council in March approved a 10-year water
purchasing agreement with the company, which owns the Ice Mountain
spring water bottling plant near Stanwood in neighboring Mecosta
It calls for Greenwich, Conn.-based Nestle Waters to pump spring
water from Evart's municipal water system to a nearby transfer
station, where it would be pumped into tanker trucks for transport to
the factory about 25 miles to the south.
The DEQ permit requires the company to certify every three months
that spring water from the Evart plant is distributed only within the
Great Lakes basin.
"The permit issued to Nestle allows the company to use our state's
resources, but ensures that they will be used responsibly," said
Steve Chester, the DEQ director. "The Legislature must now take
action to provide us with the needed path forward on this important
public policy issue."
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