Deadline looming for public comment on Nestle Ice Mountain permit
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 public may submit comments on the application until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017 to the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: