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Political roundup: Should we treat water as a public commodity like Alaskans treat oil?

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Nestlé has been approved to increase the amount of Michigan water it can tap, despite a litany of public comments in opposition."

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality approved a permit for Nestlé to increase pumping out water from 250 gallons a minute to 400 gallons at a facility in Osceola County. That approval came after overwhelming disapproval from citizens. The DEQ says it must follow the law when making permit decisions, which would seem to get rid of necessity of taking public comment.

Vicki Barnett, former Mayor of Farmington Hills and a former Democratic legislator, and Ken Sikkema, Senior Policy Fellow with Public Sector Consultants and the former Republican majority leader in state senate, joined Stateside to discuss how effective and desirable the DEQ and public comments are, how the legislature should treat water resources, and how the decision will affect the state’s farmers.

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Ken Sikkema and Vicki Barnett join Stateside every Friday to break down the week’s political news.

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