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Bottled war foes oppose Nestle plant in Oregon

Published on March 29, 2012 3:01AM

Last changed on March 29, 2012 6:09AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Bottled water foes are asking Gov. John Kitzhaber to reject a deal to allow Nestle to build a bottling plant at Cascade Locks in the Columbia River Gorge, 45 miles east of Portland.

Nestle wants to bottle spring water, some of which is now used at a nearby salmon hatchery. Nestle is asking the governor to approve a water rights swap that would allow the hatchery to tap city well water.

A Washington, D.C., group, Food and Water Watch, is asking the governor to reject Nestle. Kitzhaber hasn't taken a position yet.

The Oregonian reports (http://is.gd/itEB0u ) the $50 million plant would bring about 50 jobs.

The plant would use 225 gallons per minute of the spring water. The state says the spring flows with at least 600 gallons a minute.


Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com

Copyright 2012 The AP.


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