Originally Posted by joe strummer
New name sounds like designer bottled water to me.
Water Filling Station Denali Natioal Park
Use it to fill:Park Service to Big Water: No federal funding for bottled water bans?
We’ll find our own money, thanks.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/federal-eye/wp/2015/07/30/park-service-to-big-water-no-federal-funding-for-bottled-water-bans-well-find-our-own-money-thanks/Edited by Tog - 9/2/15 at 8:41pm
The Park Service’s David vs. Goliath situation comes during a standoff between the agency and the $13 billion bottled water industry over a policy Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis enacted four years ago. Facing overflowing garbage cans and ever-growing recycling and landfill costs, he told the 408 parks, national monuments and historical sites across the country that they could eliminate sales of disposable plastic water bottles, as long as refilling stations and reusable bottles replaced them.
Things got ugly as the summer tourist season heated up: The International Bottled Water Association, which represents about 200 companies, mounted a full-court lobbying campaign on Capitol Hill to stop the Park Service’s latest effort at sustainability. The industry has found allies in House Republicans, particularly those with bottled water plants in their districts and states.
The hard work may pay off: Rep. Keith Rothfus (R-Pa.), whose state employs 6,800 people at bottled water companies, added a last-minute amendment this month onto a government appropriations bill pending in the House. The rider prohibits the Park Service from spending taxpayer money to implement any ban on sales of bottled water.
Joseph Doss, president and chief executive of the International Bottled Water Association, said that even if the Park Service can legally use private money to pay for bottled water alternatives, it should be careful about subverting the (possible) will of Congress.