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Township appeals decision on Nestle pump station permit

An appeals court is being asked to overturn a ruling that a bottled-water company should be allowed to build a pumping station as part of its plans to get more groundwater in western Michigan for the Ice Mountain brand. (File photo)

OSCEOLA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - An appeals court is being asked to overturn a ruling that a bottled-water company should be allowed to build a pumping station as part of its plans to get more groundwater in western Michigan for the Ice Mountain brand.

Nestle Waters North America sued after Osceola County's Osceola Township rejected a zoning permit. Nestle wants to withdraw up to 400 gallons (1,514 liters) a minute, with help from a pipeline booster station at SpringHill Camps, a summer camp.

The Detroit News reports Osceola Township on Wednesday appealed Mason County Judge Susan Sniegowski's December ruling to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

Nestle has said the judge's decision was appropriate.

The dispute is separate from a decision to increase water output. That request is pending at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality.

Congressman Dan Kildee released the following statement:

“The state of Michigan’s recent action to set an enforceable standard is a welcome first step to protecting public health. I appreciate the state taking this important action to address contaminated drinking water sites across Michigan. People living near Wurtsmith Air Force base in Oscoda deserve access to safe drinking water and should not have to worry that their water supply is harming them or their family.

“I have repeatedly called on the Air Force to act more urgently and provide clean drinking water to people living near Wurtsmith. The state should use this new, enforceable standard to require the Air Force to clean up PFC contamination around Wurtsmith immediately.”

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