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GLIN==> Perrier Plan is Great Lakes Wake-up Call



Posted on behalf of Keith Schneider <keith@mlui.org>

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Dear Friend,

The state of Michigan took a fateful step Thursday, Aug. 16, when it gave
the Perrier Group of America permission to pump 200 gallons of groundwater
per minute from central Michigan and sell it nationwide. The permit serves
as a wake-up call on the state's lack of clear and consistent rules for
water withdrawals and exports. Until the Legislature develops a water
conservation statute, the state leaves itself open not only to water
shortages at home but also, under new international trade laws, to Great
Lakes water marketing schemes from across the globe.

Read the Michigan Land Use Institute's assessment at
http://www.mlui.org/projects/enviropolicy/perperm.asp

As always, we appreciate your comments (email me at keith@mlui.org) and
invite you to pass along the information we provide in these periodic email
alerts.

All the best
Keith Schneider



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