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Nestle Water: US Forest Service Begins Review on Operations in California

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By    |   Monday, 04 Jan 2016 08:55 AM

Nestle's bottled water operations in California are under review by the U.S. Forest Service after environmentalists filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to force the federal agency to examine the effects of the company taking millions of gallons of water from the state.

Nestle's permit to operate in the San Bernardino Mountain canyon actually expired in 1988, according to the San Bernardino Sun. The company, though, has continued to draw water from the area on the expired special permit that remains in place until a new one is either renewed or denied by the USFS.

The forest service had said that a backlog of expired permit prevented it from reviewing Nestle, which provides water for the Arrowhead bottled water brand, according to the Sun.

But environmentalists with the Center for Biological Diversity asked the court in Riverside, California, in October to force the forest service to begin its review and include a study on the effects of the water drainage.

"The forest has assigned an interdisciplinary team and is developing the proposed action," National Forest Service spokesman John Heil said in a statement. "When the proposed action is fully developed, the public will be invited to submit comments through the scoping process."

Jane Lazgin, director of media and corporate communications for Nestle Waters North America, told the Palm Springs Desert Sun that the permit's review has started.

"We continue to work with the U.S. Forest Service throughout this review process," Lazgin said. "When a licensee requests renewal of a permit in a timely manner, the permit remains in effect until a final determination has been made by the government agency on the renewal. We look forward to the permit renewal process moving forward."

Critics of the Nestle's permit complained to the Desert Sun in October that the bottled water company should not be allowed to take large amounts of water from public land while the state remains mired in a drought.

In their complaint, environmental groups said that continuing to take water from the canyon's ecosystem was harming the habitat of threatened animals such as the mountain yellow-legged frogs to birds like the willow flycatchers and California spotted owls.

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Nestle's bottled water operations in California are under review by the U.S. Forest Service after environmentalists filed a complaint in U.S. District Court to force the federal agency to examine the effects of the company taking millions of gallons of water from the state.
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