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Deadline looming for public comment on Nestle Ice Mountain permit

Residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to weigh in on the permit application by Nestlé Waters North America to increase the amount of water they pump from a well in Osceola County

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU) -- Residents have until 5 p.m. Friday to weigh in on the permit application by Nestlé Waters North America to increase the amount of water they pump from a well in Osceola County.

Nestle Waters North America announced in October, 2016 a $36 million expansion of its Ice Mountain bottling operation near Stanwood in Mecosta County. The plan calls for boosting withdrawals from a well located in Evart from 250 gallons per minute to 400 gallons per minute.

The application is currently under MDEQ review.

The public may submit comments on the application until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 to the following email address: deq-eh@michigan.gov

The plan hit a snag with township leaders on April 18. The Osceola Township Planning Commission rejected Nestle Ice Mountain's request to build a pumping station. The station would be the most efficient way to increase the amount of water it pumps from a well in Osceola County. After a closed session, commissioners denied the permit.

Nestle can still put together a new proposal, addressing any concerns, and come back to the township with another request.

Nestle's DEQ Permit Overview is below:





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