Chaffee County Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit conditions after another round of deliberations Tuesday, ending a months-long process delayed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
An updated draft of the proposed BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit includes $30,000 for “development and implementation” of a comprehensive county sustainability plan. Once fully approved, the permit would allow BlueTriton to continue using Ruby Mountain Springs groundwater for its Arrowhead bottled water operations.
Chaffee County Commissioners will continue the public hearing for the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit extension at 1 pm today to deliberate permit conditions following preliminary approval of the permit July 6.
In Tuesday’s ongoing deliberations about the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit, Chaffee County Commissioner Keith Baker expressed his opposition to granting a permit that would allow the company to continue using Chaffee County spring water for its bottled-water operation.
Chaffee County Commissioners heard a final round of public comments during the latest episode in the BlueTriton Brands 1041 permit saga Tuesday in Salida.
The March 31 purchase of Nestlé Waters North America by an investment partnership and subsequent name change to BlueTriton Brands has raised numerous questions related to the ongoing 1041 permitting process.
An economic report commissioned by BlueTriton Brands, formerly Nestlé Waters North America, indicates the company’s Chaffee County bottled-water operations produce local economic benefits of more than $1 million per year.
Nestlé Waters North America activities in Chaffee County produced economic benefits averaging $764,049 a year in 2019 and 2020, according to information presented by Harvey Economics at the April 20 continuation of the Chaffee County 1041 permit hearing.
Nestlé Waters North America announced Tuesday that it has begun operating under a new corporate name, BlueTriton Brands, following the completion of the company’s acquisition by a partnership of One Rock Capital Partners LLC and Metropoulos and Co. March 31.
The sale of Nestlé Waters North America likely does not provide a legal basis for the Chaffee County Commissioners to deny an extension of Nestlé’s existing 1041 permit.
Updated at 10:06 a.m. MST, Feb. 18, 2021 Nestlé S.A., the world’s largest food and beverage company, announced today that it has agreed to sell its Nestlé Waters North America brands for $4.3 billion.
County Commissioners continue permit hearing; decision likely months away.