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ENVIRONMENTAL LAWSUITS
(2007-08-16)
(wgvu) - - AN ADVOCACY GROUP IS ASKING THE
MICHIGAN SUPREME COURT TO RECONSIDER A RULING THAT LIMITED
CITIZENS' ABILITY TO FILE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LAWSUITS.
MICHIGAN CITIZENS FOR WATER CONSERVATION FILED A MOTION TODAY
ASKING FOR A REHEARING.
THE GROUP HAS FOUGHT NESTLE WATERS NORTH AMERICA'S ICE MOUNTAIN
WATER BOTTLING OPERATION IN MECOSTA COUNTY.
ON A 4-3 VOTE LAST MONTH, THE SUPREME COURT SAID CITIZENS COULD
FILE LAWSUITS OVER ENVIRONMENTAL DAMAGE ONLY IF THEY'RE BEING
DIRECTLY HARMED.
CRITICS SAY THAT'S A SIGNIFICANT NARROWING OF THE 1970 MICHIGAN
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION ACT, WHICH SAYS THAT ANYONE CAN SUE TO
PREVENT ENVIRONMENTAL DEGRADATION.

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