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Opposition strong in Barrington, Nottingham as USA Springs seeks new funds

By SCOTT E. KINNEY
skinney@fosters.com

Sunday, July 10, 2011

NOTTINGHAM — For years commuters along Route 4 between Barrington and Nottingham have driven by a rather innocuous and incomplete building along the roadside.

The building is the physical property of USA Springs, a water bottling company nearly 10 years, and counting, in the making. The structure was just beginning to take shape on the 100-acre parcel, which straddles the Barrington/Nottingham border, when the business declared bankruptcy…

…Before the filing the company had invested the better part of a decade and millions of dollars in securing the necessary permits to draw water from the local aquifer, which it planned to bottle, shipping most of it overseas…

…New investors now could mean new life for the flagging company…

…But several neighborhood groups opposed to the project essentially from its inception say the plant would have a negative effect on the water supply for Barrington, Nottingham and beyond.

They add that even if the funding is there, the completion of the plant, and its ability to bottle water, is far from assured…

Read the full article: http://www.fosters.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011707109883

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