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BOTTLED WATER
(2007-07-26)
(wgvu) - THE STATE SUPREME COURT GIVES A GROUP FIGHTING A BOTTLED WATER FACILITY IN WEST MICHIGAN...THE LEGAL GREEN LIGHT TO SUE THE COMPANY.
THE NARROW FOUR TO THREE RULING ALLOWS STATE RESIDENTS TO TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION TO BLOCK DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS...ON THE BASIS OF SUSPECTED HARM TO 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 STILL LACK 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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