Michigan Officials Defend Approval Of Controversial Nestle Water Extraction Permit

11 Sep 2018 by Local Press Report

For the first time, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is commenting on why the controversial Nestle water permit was approved. Nestle is pumping out 400 gallons of water from the Great Lakes each minute, and the state is only charging $200 per year. Most Michigan residents were opposed to the Nestle water deal, as more than 80,000 told the MDEQ not to approve the permit and only 70 supported the deal. But MDEQ officials said they have to follow the law, and in this case, they said Nestle provided the documentation necessary to get approval.