Nestle Boss Confirmed To Seat On Maine Board Of Environmental Safety

Governor of Maine Paul LePage has awarded Nestle boss Mark Dubois a seat on Maine’s Environmental Safety Board. 

Residents have been left outraged after their state authorities allowed a Nestle company insider to carry a strong place on a board that’s tasked with defending the atmosphere. reviews: However the conflicts of curiosity ensuing from the appointment ought to have instantly disqualified an organization consultant from such a place of energy, critics vehemently contend, because the Solar Journal notes the place Dubois now occupies writes “main substantive guidelines, judges main allow purposes of statewide significance and acts as an appeals courtroom for emergency orders issued by the commissioner […]

“Critics of Dubois’ employer — which has been embroiled in high-profile controversies over water pumping offers in Fryeburg and Rumford lately — denounced his nomination to the seven-member Board of Environmental Safety, which is also charged with making suggestions on amending the state’s environmental legal guidelines.”

“The depth and scope of Nestle’s curiosity and potential conflicts simply doesn’t examine with any of the opposite people serving on the board. That is them stacking the deck,” Fryeburg activist Nickie Sekera flatly asserted of the disputatious transfer. “This provides them one other degree and scope of affect.”

In Maine, Nestlé wants all of the affect and energy it may well muster, contemplating the ferocious, resident-led actions sprouting throughout the state wherever the company withdraws and bottles water. And, judging by Dubois’ glowing approval from politicians who insist his experience derived in firm expertise innately qualifies him for the board of seven civilians appointed by LePage, it appears the corporate many Mainers would like go away Maine now enjoys exactly that.

“If there’s an organization that’s within the cleanest water doable, it’s this one,” Maine Home Consultant Bob Duchesne, mirroring others, said.

Nevertheless, it isn’t as if Nestlé maintains a monitor document of environmental stewardship, sensible selections for preserving very important ecosystems, and even honesty — whether or not by means of questionable enterprise practices, or in dishonest, deceptive, and outright mendacious labeling — firm management acts as bullies towards native populations who resist its plans, in Maine and all through the USA.

In truth, August noticed the submitting of a class motion lawsuit towards Nestlé — in Maine, regarding the Poland Spring model — as claimants assert the corporate isn’t solely pawning off easy groundwater as precise water from a spring, however that the groundwater bottled is drawn from a supply contaminated by waste and rubbish dump websites.

Because the Bangor Each day Information reported August 17, 2017,

“As an example, the go well with claims that the corporate’s wells in Poland, Maine, have by no means been scientifically confirmed to be linked to a spring and attract floor water, which can’t legally be known as spring water. It additional alleges that the corporate has put water from a few of these wells by means of a purification course of that disqualifies it as spring water below federal rules.

“The go well with makes comparable claims about Poland Spring water sources in Hollis, Fryeburg, Denmark, Dallas Plantation, Pierce Pond Township and Kingfield.”

Based on the lawsuit, which additionally plainly argues “not one drop” of Poland Spring bottled water comes from an precise spring, “To customers, ‘spring water’ from a naturally occurring spring signifies purity and prime quality and instructions a premium worth in comparison with Defendant’s non-spring consuming water merchandise or filtered faucet water. To illicitly seize that premium, Defendant, because it started promoting the Poland Spring model in 1993, has bottled widespread groundwater and illegally mislabeled it as ‘100% Pure Spring Water.’”

Poland Spring and mum or dad firm, Nestlé, states the lawsuit, are committing “colossal fraud.”

These moderately pertinent particulars showcasing the corporate’s alleged if brazen defiance of environmental and company ethics had been apparently not sufficiently troublesome for Maine’s elected politicians who voted by a slim 18 to 15 margin to affirm Dubois’ seat on the Environmental Safety Board — whilst they touted presumed qualifications a Nestlé government would deliver to the desk.

However the extenuating doubtful circumstances don’t even finish there.

“Nestle Waters triggered a conflict-of-interest nightmare for the state’s Public Utilities Fee in 2013-14, when all three commissioners and the state’s public advocate had been compelled to recuse themselves from a case involving the approval of a long-term contract between the corporate and Fryeburg’s family-controlled water utility at charges critics mentioned had been too low,” the Press Herald reported January 24, simply previous to Dubois’ affirmation.

“All 4 officers had prior ties to the corporate, with two having really helped create the water big’s relationship with the water utility whereas attorneys on the Portland agency of Pierce Atwood. Legislators needed to write a brand new legislation to offer a mechanism to permit alternate commissioners to step in and adjudicate the case.”

Whether or not recognized violations of strict labeling legal guidelines, contentiously myopic water drawing operations, or conceitedness of perspective equal to a grade faculty bully, Nestlé isn’t profitable in associates in Maine anytime quickly — besides, maybe, among the many cadre of politicians whose fealty to company whimsy quantities to bare, categorical favoritism of earnings over the individuals.