US Forest Service sued over allegedly expired water permit

Oct 13, 2015 4:25 PM by News Staff

Environmental and public interest groups have filed a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Forest Service is letting Nestle Waters North America bottle water in the San Bernardino National Forest on an expired permit.

Organizations including the Center for Biological Diversity on Tuesday filed a lawsuit in federal court in Riverside asking a judge to halt bottling operations at a Strawberry Creek diversion structure unless a new permit is obtained.

The groups say the prolonged drought in California combined with the bottling operation is affecting area wildlife. They say Nestle is bottling the water on a permit that expired 27 years ago.

Messages were left for the Forest Service seeking comment.

Nestle Waters spokeswoman Jane Lazgin says the company was told the permit remains in effect.

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