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Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It

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NPR reports:

In a much-watched case, a Michigan agency has approved Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the state. The request attracted a record number of public comments — with 80,945 against and 75 in favor.

Nestlé’s request to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to pump 576,000 gallons of water each day from the White Pine Springs well in the Great Lakes Basin was “highly controversial,” member station Michigan Radio reports. But despite deep public opposition, the agency concluded that the company’s plan met with legal standards.

Under the plan, Nestlé will be approved to pump up to 400 gallons of water per minute from the well, rather than the 250 gallons per minute it had been extracting. The company first applied for the new permit in July 2016.

Water is a complicated and sore subject in many areas, but in few places more so than in Michigan, where a crisis has raged for years over high levels of lead and other dangerous heavy metals in the water in Flint. And back in 2014, Detroit resorted to shutting off water to thousands of customers as it fought bankruptcy.

With that recent history as a backdrop, Nestlé’s plan to boost the amount of water it takes from the Great Lakes State drew attention and added another dimension to a debate over whether water should be seen as a commodity, a commercial product — or a human right.

Nestlé’s well is in western Michigan, near the town of Evart…The company bottles the water for sale under its Ice Mountain label.

(click here to continue reading Michigan OKs Nestlé Water Extraction, Despite 80K+ Public Comments Against It : The Two-Way : NPR.)

Disgusting, really that Nestlé gets to sell, for profit, water that is taken from the public at a rate of 400 gallons a minute. By my quick math: 400 gallons x 60 minutes x 24 hours x 365 days=  approximately 210,240,000 gallons a year; roughly 1,681,920,000 Iron Mountain 16 ml bottles that are sold for $3.99 in airports, or cheaper at, for instance, Target). Even accounting for the costs of “extraction”, plastic bottles, shipping, labeling, and so on, that’s a damn nice profit margin. Almost 2 billion 16 ml bottles a year, for basically free!

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Thirsty? Side view of discarded plastic water bottles

Especially because of this:

in Mecosta County, Nestlé is not required to pay anything to extract the water, besides a small permitting fee to the state and the cost of leases to a private landowner. In fact, the company received $13 million in tax breaks from the state to locate the plant in Michigan. The spokesperson for Nestlé in Michigan is Deborah Muchmore. She’s the wife of Dennis Muchmore—Governor Rick Snyder’s chief of staff, who just retired and registered to be a lobbyist.

 

(click here to continue reading Michigan’s Water Wars: Nestlé Pumps Millions of Gallons for Free While Flint Pays for Poisoned Water | Democracy Now!.)

Private profits from public resources, despicable. And the Republican assholes currently running the State of Michigan are happy to do it.

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Thirsty?

Written by Seth Anderson

May 6th, 2018 at 7:53 pm

Foxconn wants to stick 7 million-gallon straw into Lake Michigan

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Foxconn 78B2. 

Foxconn, not content to slurp up all the cash in Wisconsin, is now seeking to drain Lake Michigan. Sure the Great Lakes have a lot of fresh water, but why allow it to privatized? And polluted?

Less than a year after Waukesha secured permission to withdraw more than 7 million gallons a day from the lake, Taiwan-based Foxconn Technology Group could end up winning access to a similar amount of fresh water for its new Wisconsin factory with merely a stroke of a pen from Gov. Scott Walker, the company’s chief political sponsor.

Foxconn’s bid for Lake Michigan water is the latest test of the decade-old Great Lakes Compact, an agreement among the region’s states intended to make it almost impossible to direct water outside the natural basin of the Great Lakes unless it is added to certain products, such as beer and soft drinks.

At issue with both Waukesha and Foxconn is an exemption that allows limited diversions outside the basin for “a group of largely residential customers that may also serve industrial, commercial, and other institutional operators.”

Of the 7 million gallons of water withdrawn daily for Foxconn, 4.3 million gallons would be treated and returned to the lake and the rest would be lost, mostly from evaporation in the company’s cooling system, according to the application sent to Wisconsin officials.

That amount of lost water falls below a daily limit of 5 million gallons that would trigger a review by other Great Lakes states, including those that lost out on the factory.

(click here to continue reading Foxconn finds way to stick 7 million-gallon straw into Lake Michigan – Chicago Tribune.)

Treated, sure, but not returned to pristine state I’m guessing.

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You Got To Try To See A Little Further
You Got To Try To See A Little Further

Lake Michigan in October
Lake Michigan in October

Written by Seth Anderson

March 8th, 2018 at 9:36 am

Spoke Together All In A Rush was uploaded to Flickr

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Lake Michigan somewhere

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I took Spoke Together All In A Rush on March 29, 2013 at 06:12AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on October 06, 2016 at 10:13AM

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October 6th, 2016 at 9:57 am

Summer Vision was uploaded to Flickr

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Montrose Harbor

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I took Summer Vision on June 18, 2016 at 01:00PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on June 27, 2016 at 07:06PM

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June 27th, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Zen and the Art of Police Barricades was uploaded to Flickr

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Buddha laughs

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I took Zen and the Art of Police Barricades on October 20, 2015 at 05:07AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 02, 2016 at 10:37AM

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April 2nd, 2016 at 8:22 pm

Lake Michigan Is A Dangerous Body Of Water was uploaded to Flickr

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Evanston, just south of Northwestern University

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I took Lake Michigan Is A Dangerous Body Of Water on January 07, 2016 at 07:01AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 07, 2016 at 01:01PM

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January 7th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

Indirect Enquiries Added Nothing was uploaded to Flickr

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Harrington Beach State Park, Lake Michigan, near Belgium

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I took Indirect Enquiries Added Nothing on November 21, 2010 at 02:36PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on August 04, 2015 at 03:25PM

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August 4th, 2015 at 10:25 am

Taking The Easy Way Out was uploaded to Flickr

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Lake Michigan

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I took Taking The Easy Way Out on April 25, 2010 at 03:47PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on July 08, 2015 at 06:49AM

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July 7th, 2015 at 11:52 pm

You Are Part of Everything was uploaded to Flickr

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minnows, Lake Michigan

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I took You Are Part of Everything on May 23, 2015 at 05:45PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on June 26, 2015 at 03:26PM

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June 26th, 2015 at 6:10 pm

Ready To Go Anywhere was uploaded to Flickr

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Ready To Go Anywhere

Lincoln Park, North Avenue Beachembiggen by clicking
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May 26th, 2015 at 8:40 am

Your Wicked Contrivance was uploaded to Flickr

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sculpture, Lincoln Park

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I took Your Wicked Contrivance on June 07, 2013 at 05:45PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 21, 2014 at 08:17PM

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December 21st, 2014 at 2:41 pm

Avoid The Marxist Apocalypse was uploaded to Flickr

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time for summer reading

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I took Avoid The Marxist Apocalypse on May 10, 2014 at 01:16PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on May 12, 2014 at 07:26PM

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May 12th, 2014 at 6:04 pm

Diversey Harbor Panorama was uploaded to Flickr

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Fighting for space with the Canadian Geese

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I took Diversey Harbor Panorama on March 13, 2014 at 05:05PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on March 13, 2014 at 11:31PM

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March 22nd, 2014 at 11:02 am

Circling A Single Thought was uploaded to Flickr

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Burnham Harbor

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I took Circling A Single Thought on September 10, 2011 at 07:22PM

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January 20th, 2014 at 12:21 pm

A Private Moment

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A Private Moment

Lake Michigan. Luckily there were no CCTV cameras recording my trespasses

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A Private Moment was taken on November 21, 2010 at 08:13AM

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October 15th, 2012 at 4:49 pm