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NH DES replies to USA Springs, Inc. about permit renewal request 7/19/13

Late Friday, July 19, 2013, the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Service, Drinking Water and Groundwater Bureau replied to USA Springs, Inc., a Delaware corporation currently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy for liquidation, concerning the company’s request for an extension for renewing their large groundwater withdrawal permit issued in 2004. At question are various changes in the law over the years, including administrative rules which govern how the law is applied. The letter to the corporation’s agent MyKroWaters, Inc. of Concord, MA is public record and can be downloaded here.

Town of Nottingham, NH attorney files letter with NH DES opposing permit renewal 7/18/13

Michael L. Donovan, attorney for the Board of Selectmen of Nottingham, NH, sent a four-page letter July 18, 2013 by mail and email to Brandon Kernen, New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES), Large Groundwater Withdrawal Program, opposing the request of USA Springs, Inc. to extend the date to apply for a renewal of its large groundwater withdrawal permit in five main points. The letter is public record and may be downloaded here.

Neighborhood Guardians write to NH DES 7/15/13 stating renewal request should be denied

The Neighborhood Guardians sent a letter via mail and email to the NH Department of Environmental Service (DES) citing four reasons why USA Springs, Inc. should not be granted an extension to renew the large groundwater withdrawal permit. The reasons include:

1) USA Springs, Inc, is still under an Administrative Order from the state for wetlands violations that have not been mitigated;

2) The five-year New Sources of Bottled Water permit expired October 15, 2010;

3) A condition of the 2004 Large Groundwater Withdrawal Permit (LGWP) is that 12 months of monitoring must proceed before commercial pumping operations can commence;

4) There is no record on file with the US Bankruptcy Court that USA Springs, Inc. or its representatives have been given permission to expend funds for an extension of the LGWP.

The letter is public record and can be downloaded here.

USA Springs, Inc. sends permit renewal letter to NH DES 6/28/13

USA Springs, Inc. sent a large groundwater permit renewal request letter through its agent MyKroWaters, Inc. of Concord, MA dated June 28, 2013 to the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services (DES). The letter seeks DES’ position on what administrative rules apply for renewal, and also submits an extension request if the deadline was July 1, 2013. The letter is public record and can be downloaded here.

12 month countdown for USA Springs, Inc.’s water withdrawal permit begins July 1, 2013

What a difference twelve years of community activism makes! As of July 1, 2013, USA Springs, Inc., a Delaware corporation, has 12 months left on its state-issued large groundwater withdrawal permit. We can look forward soon to a future of water independence and sustainability. The July 1, 2004 permit issued by the NH Department of Environmental Services would have allowed the company to mine 307,528 gallons/day of groundwater. And, by working together, the people have saved 985,319,712–approaching one billion–gallons of water from being removed from the watershed since the company obtained the permit. USA Springs, Inc. is presently in Chapter 7 bankruptcy and faces legal liquidation of its assets. The corporation’s steel girders outlining the bottled water factory sit rusting in a field that borders highly valued wetlands for the towns of Nottingham and Barrington. Stay tuned, because the twists and turns in this case are notorious. SOG will keep you posted, as we have since 2001– so check back often, either here or on our Facebook page.