Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) announced a plan to protect the
Great Lakes Compact, which is vulnerable because of the bottled water
loophole. If implemented, the plan would strengthen the Compact while
keeping it on track for rapid final approval by Congress. |
“We cannot allow bottled water companies to undermine the Compact. The integrity of the Great Lakes is far too important.” said Kucinich.
The Compact defines Great Lakes water diverted in containers of 5.7 gallons or less as a commodity instead of a public good. That creates a loophole that could be exploited and widened to result in the privatization of Great Lakes waters for commercial sale, thus undermining the intent of the agreement.
The first step of the plan is to clarify that Congress intends the Great Lakes to be held as a public trust. On August 20, Congressman Kucinich sent a letter to the Judiciary Committee requesting clarification in a report that accompanies the Congressional ratification of the Compact. This letter is available at http://kucinich.house.gov/SpotlightIssues/spotlight3.htm.