LANSING, Mich., April 5, 2018 — Sen. Steve Bieda (D−Warren) has released the following statement in response to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s recent approval of Nestlé’s application to increase water output to 400 gallons per minute from its White Pine Springs well located near Evart:

“Once again, Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality are validating Michigan’s ‘F’ rating for government transparency and accountability. There were 81,862 comments filed by the people of our state regarding Nestlé’s application to pump more water out of our state free of charge, and only 75 of those people sided with the Governor to hand over our public water to Nestlé. Allowing a foreign company to pull the plug on the world’s largest body of fresh water will have an unprecedented effect. This decision tells an overwhelming majority of Michiganders that the almighty dollar trumps our opinions, environment and future.”

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Sen. Steve Bieda (D–Warren), former director of labor relations in Warren and senior policy analyst at the Michigan House of Representatives, was elected to the Michigan State Senate in 2010. A Democrat, he is the only living Michigander to have designed a coin for the U.S. Mint. He represents citizens of the 9th Senate District located in Macomb County that includes the cities of Center Line, Eastpointe, Fraser, Roseville, and Warren, and a portion of Clinton Township.