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14. The new bottled water guidance, a troubling precedent for science?

from By Simon Gautrey, MSc, MBA, P.Geo.

From Jan. 19, 2017: The Ministry of Environment and Climate Change has recently posted a draft guidance document on the EBR site that tells companies what requirements they would be expected to meet if they want permission to take water from aquifers for bottled water. Included in the document is a direction to Ministry staff to consider comments from "any interested party" to reach a "fair and balanced decision" when awarding a permit. The guidance document does not, however, provide instructions to Ministry staff on how to evaluate public comments. This oversight leaves the process open to interpretation, and invites political involvement in what was formerly a scientific process. more


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