Toronto, Ont — We are pleased that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks is proposing to extend the moratorium on water bottling permits until late next year. Thank you to Minister Jeff Yurek for listening to the concerns of the tens of thousands of Ontarians who sent letters or called their elected officials.

The extension means that Nestlé’s plans to expand its operations to the Middlebrook Well, near Elora, Ont., are on hold.  It will also provide much-needed time for the government to consult the public on the results of the groundwater review. The results of the review should be used to create evidence-based policies. Ontario needs to have modern water taking policies that prioritize Ontario’s groundwater for communities and safeguards water quantity for generations to come.

We hope that this announcement is a sign that the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will also listen closely to the public on other changes proposed to environmental laws, such as those proposed in omnibus Bill 132.

ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL DEFENCE (environmentaldefence.ca): Environmental Defence is a leading Canadian advocacy organization that works with government, industry, and individuals to defend clean water, a safe climate, and healthy communities.

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Jen Mayville, Environmental Defence Canada, (905) 330-0172 (cell), jmayville@environmentaldefence.ca