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March 7, 2021
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Democratic Water Plan
(wgvu) - Democratic state lawmakers and
environmental groups are renewing their push to strengthen laws
against diverting water outside the Great Lakes.
Legislation announced today by House Democrats would remove an
exception that allows bottled water to be diverted from Michigan --
unless water bottling plants have state authorization.
The eight-bill package also would change the law to guard
against someone making many smaller withdrawals to avoid hitting
overall withdrawal thresholds, increase fines for water-use
violations and let anyone in the public petition the state alleging
that water withdrawals are hurting the environment.
Another bill would ratify a compact signed by the eight Great
Lakes states prohibiting most water diversions outside the Great
Lakes drainage basin.
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