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Crystal Geyser cancels plans for Orland bottling plant

By HEATHER HACKING Staff Writer
Posted: 11/08/2011 10:49:13 AM PST
ORLAND – Plans for a Crystal Geyser Sparkling Water Company bottling plant in Orland have been withdrawn.
The company had planned to build a facility at the edge of town, but faced opposition from many citizens who said it wasn’t a good fit for a variety of reasons.
The most vocal opposition was from a group named Save Our Water Resources, which cited traffic, noise, groundwater quality, pollution and storm water and sewer impacts.
Two lawsuits were filed, stating proper procedures were not followed by the city under California Environmental Quality Act guidelines. In August a Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled the water company needed to go back and conduct an initial study, and after that, it would be decided if a full environmental review was needed.
The water company, in a statement on its website today, crystalgeyserorland.com, stated that the company was impressed by the pool of applicants who had inquired about jobs.
But due to the “uncertain timing of completion of a new Orland plan and the open-ended nature of ongoing legal expenses, it would be best for the company to locate our new facilities in another area.”
The plans for the bottling plant had been in the works for more than two years.

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