Nestlé Pulls Out of Orting

By Mark Bethune

Jan. 28, 2009

Nestlé Waters North America (Nestlé) initiated discussions with the City of Orting in spring 2008 as a part of the company’s efforts to develop a new spring water bottling facility in the Pacific Northwest. Nestlé was looking to build and operate a facility in the Pacific Northwest to meet regional market needs.

As part of Nestlé’s due diligence when siting any new facility, Nestlé performed a scientific evaluation of Orting’s Wingate Spring as a potential source for a spring water bottling plant. As results of the analysis of Orting’s watershed are compared with other potential spring water sources in the Northwest, there are other sites that best meet Nestlé’s long-term need for protection from the effects of long-term development patterns in the spring watershed. Therefore, Nestlé has determined it will not be looking further at the Wingate Springs water source and is no longer planning to pursue building its new bottling facility in Orting.

“We are disappointed as we had hoped to bring more employment to our City, and Nestles’ staff had proven themselves easy to work with,” said Mayor Cheryl Temple. “The process had been completely open to the public, who were invited to ask questions and make comments during council meetings when Nestlé was on the agenda.”

Nestlé informed the City that it was very appreciative of the council’s and staff’s efforts and professionalism during the evaluation process. They noted how open the City and the community were to the idea of bringing new business to Orting. They were particularly impressed with the City’s commitment to informing the citizens of Orting about the process and keeping the public’s interest at the forefront.



New fronts in water extraction battles

By David Harry, Sanford-Springvale Register 1/22/2009

Although temperatures have rarely been warm enough to thaw it, water remains a hot topic in the New Year in York County. Specifically, questions on how to regulate commercial water extraction are the basis of a bill submitted by freshman legislator Ed Legg (D-Kennebunk), and the subject of a workshop scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 28, by Shapleigh selectmen to consider creating a town ordinance.
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Ordinance Petition IS constitutional (letter to ed.)

Letter to Editor – Sanford-Springvale Register
Ward Peck, Editor,

Citizens of Shapleigh, Newfield, Waterboro, Alfred, Sanford, Springvale, Acton, and all surrounding communities. Believe it or not – we are all in this together, now and/or into the near future.

When we first looked into large scale water extraction and ordinances against such, we found an ordinance in Barnstead, New Hampshire that we fell in love with. It said everything we believe in. As American Citizens and residents of Maine for almost 30 years, we truly believe statements from the State of Maine’s Title 97 Constitution:

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PET bottles may exceed acceptable carcinogenic risk levels

Abstract of Meeting Paper – Society for Risk Analysis 2001 Annual Meeting
D. Lilya, University of Idaho Environmental Engineering Program
This study identified and quantified migration compounds from reused PET bottles and evaluated both non-carcinogenic and carcinogenic risks.
A preliminary survey of the university community found that 88% of the participants reused polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles used for bottled water, some for as long as six months. These bottles are not made or regulated for reuse and may not possess the physical characteristics necessary to be safely reused. Bottles are only approved for a single use and the long-term safety of bottle reuse has not been investigated.
Four compounds, 1,4-benzenedicarboxaldehyde, benzoic acid butyl ester, 4-ethoxy-benzoic acid ethyl ester, di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA), were found to migrate from PET bottles exposed to conditions of reuse. It was found that PET bottle reuse increased organic chemical migration and concentrations increased with length of reuse. Original and reused PET bottles were found to have different migration potentials based on the color or brand of bottle. A preliminary screening of other types of non-PET reusable water bottles found that migration was not limited to PET alone and might also pose a health concern. The analytical procedure used was better than current FDA testing procedures because it allowed a detailed risk assessment to be conducted.
PET bottles may exceed acceptable carcinogenic risk levels, especially for di(2-ethylhexyl) adipate (DEHA), under different reuse exposure scenarios, however little is known about the toxicity of most PET migration compounds. More research is needed on the toxicity of the migration compounds from both PET and non-PET bottles before a risk assessment can adequately predict the human health risks associated with prolonged bottle reuse.
Reuse of PET bottles may be increasing organic chemical migration into the water being consumed and consumers may be exposing themselves to elevated levels of migration compounds for which few toxicity data exist.
Protocol:  For this study, 1 liter PET bottles were exposed to realistic but extreme reuse parameters, such as sunlight, heat, storage time, and physical degradation, which are known to increase chemical migration into the water being consumed. Water samples were then extracted using a solid phase extraction, followed by GC-MS. Migration compounds were tentatively identified by GC-MS analysis using Wiley and NIST libraries and were verified and quantified when possible using known standards. Measured concentrations and toxicity data were obtained for the identified compounds and were used to evaluate the noncarcinogenic and carcinogenics risks.