Statement on Michigan DEQ-Nestlé Permit Decision


Yesterday, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) approved a permit from Nestle to pump 400 gallons of water per minute from its White Pine Springs well, in spite of an overwhelming majority of Michiganders who commented on the permit voicing opposition to its issuance.

There were over 81,000 comments made regarding the permit during the public comment period. Only 75 were in favor.

With cities like Flint and Detroit still struggling with access to clean water, seeing a corporation gain additional access to this precious natural resource without paying their fair share is a slap in the face to the residents of our state.

The Michigan Legislature is also considering dangerous legislation that would stack the DEQ full of CEOs rather than scientists and environmental policy experts. We cannot continue to allow our natural resources to be taken advantage of by polluters and corporations.

I want our state to be enjoyed for generations to come. This is about the future of Michigan, and you can count on me to be your voice in this fight.