Week in Review: MDEQ approves Nestle permit and state oversight of Flint officially ends

Apr 7, 2018

With the state's approval, Nestle can now pump up to 400 gallons of water per minute from its West Michigan well for its bottled water brand, Ice Mountain.
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The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality has approved a permit for Nestle to increase the volume of water it pumps from its well in Osceola County from 250 gallons per minute to up to 400 gallons per minute.

More than 80,000 people spoke out against Nestle's permit request, but the MDEQ said it cannot base its decision on public opinion.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry discuss potential political blow-back that could stem from the state's approval of Nestle's permit.

They also talk about a state House inquiry that found that Michigan State University failed to protect students from Larry Nassar, the official end of state oversight of Flint, and a Michigan Supreme Court case about whether school districts can make their own rules about guns on school grounds.