Something in the water
To the Editor:
According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) data, between 2005 and 2015, the Nestle company sucked more than 3.4 billion gallons of ground water from Michigan’s reserves. To put that into perspective, that’s one standard football field covered in water 1.8 miles high. How much does it cost Nestle and other high- volume water extractors to bottle up our precious natural resource and sell it back to Flint children?
$200 – per year! That’s all!
If that weren’t scary enough, our own Representative, Aaron Miller, is sponsoring Michigan House Bill 5638, which would make it even easier for Nestle to stick another straw in the aquifer by excusing the formerly required, (DEQ) reviews. Wait!
There’s more! That same bill states, “… the data and analyses submitted to the DEQ would be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and could not be disclosed by the DEQ.”
(http://www.legislature.mi.gov. Type 5638 in the House bills field)
How can this be? How can we, the residents of the Water Wonderland, allow a collusion of willful governmental neglect and corporate greed to exploit our precious water resources and keep it a secret from us? We can put a stop to this madness before it is signed into law. Write, call, email Representative Miller. Let your voice be heard.