By Sahid Fawaz
People are outraged, to say the least, that Flint remains without clean drinking water since 2014 while a multinational corporation gets access to hundreds of thousands of gallons of clean water.
“The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) granted Nestlé Waters North America, Inc. (Nestlé) a permit to increase its groundwater withdrawal for the purpose of bottling drinking water, according to a MDEQ statement on April 2.
Nestlé is authorized to begin withdrawing water at a rate up to 400 gallons per minute from the White Pine Springs well located near Evart, Michigan. Withdrawal may begin once the monitoring plan is in place and the baseline data is collected.
The MDEQ determined that the application met the requirements for approval under the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.
However, more than 80,000 people have said they oppose the proposal, while only 75 people said they are in favor of it.
As Nestlé works to extract more clean water resources, residents in Michigan cities, most notably Flint, struggle to find what they believe to be affordable, safe water.”
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