Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation

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Opponents of Nestle’s use of water in Osceola County got a legal setback today.

An environmental group and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians had challenged a permit giving the bottling company the right to nearly double the water they can pump at the site.

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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy will have the final say on an increase in water withdrawals by a Nestlé water bottling plant.

An administrative law judge decided the state’s decision to grant a permit to Nestlé to withdraw more water was proper.

The permit increased the amount of water that could be withdrawn from a well in Osceola County.  It allows up to 400 gallons per minute increased from 250 gallons per minute.

Peggy Case is with a group that fought the permit for Nestlé, the Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation.

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Federal Geologists are in Osceola County to monitor water levels that could be affected by Nestle’s water withdrawals. A move that environmental groups say should have happened months ago.