Nestle fight begins

Nestle fight begins

A proposed Nestle Waters North America bottling plant in Cascade Locks could bring 50 jobs to the city while nearly doubling its property taxes.

But opponents have submitted proposals with 3,700 signatures from Oregonians against the plant.

Opponents, including Food & Water Watch, Columbia Riverkeeper and the Sierra Club, cite local problems, such as increased truck traffic and higher stream temperatures. They also call bottling Oregon spring water a waste of a prime resource.

"The Pacific Northwest has some of the best tap water in the world," said Brett VandenHeuvel, Columbia Riverkeeper's executive director.

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