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Friday, May 20, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Oregon Ban on Commercial Water Bottling Could Leave Industry High and Dry"

That is the headline to a lengthy $$ story today in the Wall Street Journal, reported by Jim Carlton, that begins:

The bottled water industry, thirsty for new sources as demand grows, is coming up dry in some places as communities around the country push back against bottling plants, citing drought concerns and environmental impacts.

This week, voters in Hood River County, Ore., approved the nation’s first ban on commercial water bottling in a measure that passed overwhelmingly Tuesday. The vote could scuttle an eight-year effort by a division of Swiss giant Nestlé SA to open a bottled water plant in the county town of Cascade Locks about 40 miles east of Portland.

The ILB has been following this topic since 2007, when the Indianapolis Star reported:
Kentland doesn't have an Ice River, but it's near a natural spring that will help produce jobs in northwest Indiana.

The Indiana Economic Development Corp. announced today that Canadian water bottler Ice River Springs will build a 273,000 square-foot production and distribution center in the town’s industrial park.

That quote is found in this Oct. 22, 2007 ILB post, which concludes with the ILB observation:
No talk here of water management policies. The day may soon be past, and perhaps it should be already, when a community will so eagerly, and with the help of the state administration, sell off the rights to draw down its aquifer for the promise of 100 jobs.
Also of interest are these related ILB posts:
Environment - California water bottling company to build Plainfield plant

Bruce C. Smith reports today in the Indianapolis Star:The largest private label bottler of water in the country will build a plant in Plainfield. Niagara Bottling Co., a family-owned operation based in southern California, plans to invest at least $35...
Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on September 16, 2009 09:05 AM

Environment - "The variety of threats Lake Michigan faces"

Heather Augustyn of the NWI Times reports:VALPARAISO | Members of the League of Women Voters listened to a guest speaker on a freezing Saturday morning talk about the variety of threats Lake Michigan faces. Jeanette Neagu, co-president of the Lake...
Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on January 20, 2008 01:21 PM

Environment - More on "States eye lakes water management"

Following up on yesterday's ILB entry, Tim Jones of the Chicago Tribune has a lengthy story headed: "Great Lakes key front in water wars: Western, Southern states covet Midwest resource." It begins:While the West burns and the Southeast bakes, there...
Posted in The Indiana Law Blog on October 28, 2007 05:35 PM

Also worth reading is this story this week (May 18) by Don Behm of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, headed "Great Lakes group backs Waukesha lake water diversion." Some quotes:
The City of Waukesha would receive Lake Michigan water, and turn off its deep wells drawing radium-contaminated water from a sandstone aquifer, under a recommendation approved Wednesday by representatives of Great Lakes states and provinces.

The group on a 9-0 vote affirmed that the city's application for a Lake Michigan water supply would comply with terms of a Great Lakes protection compact if numerous conditions the representatives recommended were imposed on the plan. * * *

Governors of the eight states, or their designated representatives, will meet in Chicago in late June to consider the regional group's conditional approval and vote on the city's request.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 20, 2016 02:17 PM
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