Bottled Water from a National Forest

Number 27648
Subject Water
Source Desert Sun (Palm Springs, Calif.)
State
Year 2015
Publication Date March-December, 2015
Summary The Desert Sun revealed in a series of investigations that the U.S. Forest Service has been allowing Nestle to pipe water out of a national forest to produce bottled water using a permit that lists an expiration date of 1988. The newspaper found that Forest Service officials failed to follow through on plans for an environmental review that would have assessed whether the use of water for bottling is harming sensitive habitat along a creek. The Desert Sun also obtained records showing the agency hasn’t examined the environmental impacts of hundreds of expired permits that allow for the use of water from national forests.
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Keywords forest; national; permit; expired; review; environment
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