Controversy After Nestle Given New Permit To Bottle More Michigan Water
Nestlé S.A. is the largest food and beverage company in the world with revenues of $78.9 billion in 2017. It’s subsidiary, Nestlé Waters, has been bottling spring water outside of Grand Rapids, MI for almost 20 years. Nestlé pumps nearly 360,000 gallons a day from just one well in the town of Evart, Michigan. Evart is less than a 2 hour drive from Flint, where a major water contamination scandal has drawn national attention.
Recently, the state of Michigan approved a new permit that would allow them to nearly double it and the permit only costs Nestlé a couple of hundred dollars. Michigan residents, still shaken by the water crisis in Flint, submitted more than 80,000 comments about the deal, with just 75 in favor.
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