Nestlé Waters North America's Submittal of a Permit Application Information Package, under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended

Nestlé Waters North America submitted a permit application to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division (DWMAD) in July 2016, in accordance with Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act, 1976 PA 399, as amended.  The Section 17 permit is required to produce bottled drinking water if the water is from a new or increased large-quantity withdrawal of more than 200,000 gallons of water per day from the waters of the state. 

The application is currently under MDEQ review. 

Public Comments and Hearing

The public may submit comments on the application until 5 p.m. on Friday, April 21, 2017.  Written comments must be emailed to
deq-eh@michigan.gov or mailed to:

MDEQ, Drinking Water and Municipal Assistance Division
Environmental Health Section
P.O. Box 30421
Lansing, Michigan 48909-7741

In addition, the MDEQ will hold a public information session on Wednesday, April 12 from 4:00 -6:00 p.m. followed by a public hearing starting at 7:00 p.m. at:

Ferris State University
The University Center
805 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307

Participants wishing to speak at the public hearing will be able to sign up immediately after the information session.  Each person signing up will be given equal time to speak based on the time available and the number of persons wishing to speak.

Please take a moment to review this video and review the information prepared for the public event on April 12, 2017.

Video: Section 17 Permit Application Review

Guide to Public Hearing and Information Session

Nestle Permit Overview

2015 Water Use Statistics

What is a Section 17 Permit?

Water Withdrawal Process in Michigan

Overview of Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

Assessing Water Withdrawal Effects on Fish Communities and Stream Habitat

Michigan State University Extension Bulletin on Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool

Aquifer Dispute Resolution
 

The MDEQ reviews all comments; however, the number of comments received is not one of the factors considered in permit decisions.  For this permit application process, comments providing a legal or scientific justification for denying, altering or approving the permit will be considered based on the regulatory decision framework outlined in Section 17.

See below for links to the application and other related documents. 

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality is an equal opportunity provider. Specific file properties have been modified for ADA compliance. All original files are available on the FTP site.

Other Documents

Nestle's Response to DEQ Request for Additional Information

Original Application Information Package for Production Well PW-101, White Pine Springs Site, Osceola Township, Osceola County, Michigan

List of Figures

List of Attachments

Site Specific Reviews (SSR)

Part 327, Great Lakes Preservation, of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act, 1994 PA 451, as amended, requires property owners to register new or increased large quantity water withdrawals over 100,000 gallons per day, but less than 2,000,000 gallons per day, with the DEQ.  A withdrawal can be registered through the online Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool (a high level screening tool) or a Site Specific Review (SSR) by the DEQ.  The SSR process is used when specified, conservative safety thresholds are reached by the Water Withdrawal Assessment Tool and consideration of site specific information is required.

Nestle Waters North America submitted a request for a site specific review to the DEQ on December 4, 2015 seeking authorization to increase water withdrawal by 150 gallons per minute (gpm) from their White Pine Springs well in Osceola County.  The proposed increased pumping rate would bring the total withdrawal from this well to 400 gpm.  The DEQ authorized the increased withdrawal on January 5, 2016.  Links to the DEQ’s letter responding to the SSR and information used in reaching the decision follow.  Note that the documents listed below as Anderson-Vincent and Golder are part of the DEQ’s files regarding Nestle.  The DEQ file naming convention includes the name of the person or company who prepared or submitted the documents.

Although an increased withdrawal for the White Pine Springs well has been registered through the SSR process, Nestle Waters North America must also obtain a permit under Section 17 of the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.  Consideration of the application includes additional evaluation of the proposed withdrawal.  According to subparagraph (9): This section shall not be construed as affecting, intending to affect, or in any way altering or interfering with common law water rights or the applicability of other laws providing for the protection of natural resources or the environment.

SSR Documents

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