Nestlé Waters Canada is backing down from a fight with environmental groups and accepting drought restrictions on its permit to take water from its well in Hillsburgh, Ont.
Wellington Water Watchers and the Council of Canadians, bothrepresented by Ecojustice, announced today that Nestlé is withdrawing its appeal to the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal. The appeal centred on conditions the Ontario Ministry of the Environment put on the company’s renewed permit to take water.
“It’s a major win. Nestlé’s decision to back down is huge. For the first time in Ontario’s history, a company must adhere to mandatory restrictions on the water it pumps out of the ground during drought conditions,” said Ecojustice lawyer Will Amos.
Nestlé confirmed that it sent a letter to the tribunal asking that it not go ahead with the appeal. This means that the company will have to abide by the mandatory drought restrictions in its permit to take water.
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