LANSING, Mich. — Senator Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor) has released the following statement in response to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality’s approval today of Nestlé’s application to increase the amount of water pumped from the White Pine Springs well located near Evart from 250 gallons per minute (gpm) to 400 gpm:

“I am deeply disappointed by the decision of Governor Snyder and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to grant Nestle’s application for a revision to its water withdrawal permit. Michiganders know that no private company should be able to generate profits by undermining our state’s precious natural resources, which is why an unprecedented number of people spoke up to oppose this permit. Out of 81,862 comments filed by the people of our state, only 75 of them were in favor of the permit.

“This should never have been up for debate, because the DEQ’s own Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool computer model showed that this permit will threaten the health of nearby rivers and streams. Today’s decision to overrule both the computer models and public opinion is putting private profits before people, the environment and the future of our state.”