Davis attorney Don Mooney has agreed to take the case if the issue goes to court. Mooney represented McCloud residents in their six-year fight against a Nestlé Waters North America water-bottling plant near Mt. Shasta. The company abandoned plans for the plant in September.
A $14 million retrofit of a proposed Nestlé water-bottling plant has ground to a halt after the city of Sacramento issued a stop-work order while investigating whether the work began before the company had legal authorization from the city.
Discussion over a Nestlé water-bottling plant appears to be growing in Sacramento, as the Swiss multinational prepares a facility for operation and new hires begin work.
The Sacramento City Council, which was not involved in the decision to approve the plant, will discuss the issue publicly for the first time after a request two weeks ago by council members Kevin McCarty and Lauren Hammond. They asked the council to consider an emergency ordinance requiring a special permit before Nestlé Waters North America begins bottling city tap water and spring water at a plant in South Sacramento.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson recently told The Bee that, "We need to light a fire under the city's efforts to save water." Most Sacramentans did not interpret this as meaning we should save water for Nestlé to truck away in disposable plastic bottles.
Nestlé wants to start taking a reported 30 million gallons of local municipal water a year in early 2010, despite objections that there was no public input or environmental review for their proposed water-bottling plant.
The Sacramento City Council will discuss whether it should draft an urgency ordinance that would require special permits for water bottling facilities after some members of the community raised concerns over a new Nestle water plant planned for south Sacramento.
Councilman Kevin McCarty asked Tuesday night for city staff to place the discussion on a council agenda in the near future. He also asked the city's utilities department to explore a system of tiered water rates for commercial facilities.
After six years of surprisingly contentious and frustrating attempts to bottle the glacier-fed spring water flowing in the small Northern California town of McCloud, Nestlé is giving up.
With Nestlé’s announcement to withdraw its water bottling facility plans only four days old and a public hearing on the issue of raising district water service rates, it was no surprise that last Monday’s McCloud directors meeting was packed.
With a public hearing for protest against a proposed water rate increase scheduled first, many residents presented their concerns on the issue.
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Nestlé Waters North America has decided to withdraw its proposal to build a bottling facility in McCloud.
The decision followed what Nestlé Waters described as “a thorough analysis of its business operations in Northern California,” including the new facility the company has secured in Sacramento that it sees as a replacement for the production expected from McCloud.
Water pumps began running this week at the proposed Crystal Geyser sparkling water bottling plant site in Orland.
Conducting the tests at County Road 200 and County Road N is Malcolm Pirnie, a 100-year-old environmental engineering firm specializing in water engineering.
"The key to the test we are starting this week in Orland is to establish and benchmark what is referred to as a 'sustainable yield,' the pumping rate that can reliably be used over a long period of time without negatively impacting the aquifer or nearby private wells," Project Manager James Strandberg said.
ORLAND — For the first time since Crystal Geyser Water Co. revealed it may locate a plant in Orland, the City Council heard comments at an official meeting from concerned citizens who oppose the project.
The issue has not been discussed before by the council because the application goes through the Technical Advisory Committee for a decision.
The council could not take action or respond in depth because the comments were made during time reserved for unscheduled citizens' business.