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Bottled Water
(2007-07-25)
(wgvu) - LANSING, Mich. (AP) - By a four-to-three vote, the Michigan
Supreme Court today narrowed a landmark environmental protection
law that allowed state residents to sue to block development
projects they think would harm the environment.
The court says in its decision that local residents have the
right to sue Nestle Waters North America and its bottled water
operation over potential damages to the Dead Stream and Thompson
Lake in Mecosta County.
But they don't have the legal standing to sue over a nearby lake
and three wetlands because they don't use those areas.
The decision hinged in part on the state Supreme Court's 2004
ruling rejecting the idea that a 1970 state law allows literally
anyone to sue to halt pollution or other environmental degradation.
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