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Enviro-Mich message from "Adam Reames" <AReames@senate.michigan.gov>
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The provision in question reads:

ARTICLE 207
DETERMINATION OF WHETHER THE STANDARD APPLIES
*Bulk Water Transfer*
9. A Proposal to Withdraw Water and to remove it from the Basin in any container
greater than 5.7 gallons (20 litres) shall be considered to be a Proposal for a
Diversion. A Proposal to Withdraw Water and to package it within the Basin for
human consumption in containers 5.7 gallons (20 litres) or less shall be considered to
be a Proposal for a Consumptive Use."



>>> "Vermeulen, Kenneth" <kvermeulen@wnj.com> 09/23/05 2:19 PM >>>
I'm curious whether the "diversion" prohibition would apply only to bottled
water?  Or also to beer, pop, fruit juice, fresh fruit, fresh vegetables,
etc. etc, that is produced in Michigan with Michigan groundwater, and
distributed in commerce outside of the basin? 

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Enviro-Mich message from "Adam Reames" <AReames@senate.michigan.gov>
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September 23, 2005					

Tom Lenard
517-373-8421
www.senate.mi.gov/demcaucus 


Senate Democrats Call on Great Lakes States to Close Loophole for Bottled
Water Diversion

LANSING- Democratic State Senators Liz Brater (D-Ann Arbor) and Ray Basham
(D-Taylor) called on the Council of Great Lakes Governors today to close a
loophole in the 2001 Annex that would allow bottled water companies to divert
resources from the region. The annex is an agreement among eight Governors
and two Canadian premiers to protect Great Lakes resources.

The Democratic members of the Senate Natural Resources committee wrote to the
Council expressing their concern over a provision in the agreement that would
exclude "water captured in containers up to 5.7 gallons from being treated as
a diversion." Democrats also plan to introduce a Senate resolution next week
calling for the closure of the loophole.

"Since there are already provisions in the agreement for short-term emergency
and humanitarian purposes, there is no reason to include further exemptions
for the bottled water industry," wrote Brater. "The Great Lakes are a natural
wonder and economic engine, and we must protect them by strengthening the
annex and closing this loophole."

The letter comes on the heels of a speech last week by former Republican
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Newt Gingrich (R-Georgia) in
which he commented that Michigan was "out of touch" with our efforts to
protect water resources. News outlets reported that the Chamber of Commerce
members in attendance laughed and applauded at Gingrich's remarks.

"Republicans like Newt Gingrich may take water diversion lightly, but
Democrats sure don't think it is a laughing matter," said Basham. "Governor
Granholm and Democrats in the Legislature are committed to protecting our
natural resources and closing this loophole is a good first step."

In addition to their efforts to strengthen the 2001 Annex agreement,
Democrats have offered legislation, The Water Legacy Act, which would
solidify the state's role in determining the nature and size of permissible
water withdrawals. The legislation was introduced for the first time several
years ago and reintroduced in January of this year, but has yet to be
considered by the Republican-controlled legislature.

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