Nestlé Waters announced Thursday, Dec. 21 a circuit court has ruled in favor of building a new booster pump station in Mecosta County.

The new station would allow Nestlé to pump 400 gallons of water per minute and increase bottling operations.

A public hearing about the company's application to increase pumping was held by the DEQ back in April and several hundred people attended to offer an opinion. Most were negative.

The statement from Nestlé says:

"We firmly believe the plan we proposed met the Township's zoning ordinance. Of all our options, we believe the booster station will be the most

efficient and environmentally friendly.We are sensitive to local government's incurrence of legal expenses in this appeal, and that is why we offered to delay this action, but that offer was unfortunately refused."

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) still needs to approve the permit application to increase pumping. Nestlé Waters has a bottling plant near Stanwood and has been in the Osceola Township for over 15 years, according to the company.

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