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Campaign Targets Unfair Political Assault on Bottled Water

Petition Demands Access for Safety Workers, Consumers

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Washington, D.C., October
20, 2008—A new petition drive demands that politicians not continue plans
to ban the product for safety workers and consumers.  The campaign comes in the wake of a
politically-motivated attack against bottled water, a study by an environmental
pressure group designed to undermine confidence in the safety of the product.

“Just last week,
the Environmental Working Group issued a junk science ‘study’ suggesting
bottled water contains dangerous substances and is no better than tap; yet
their own data supports the opposite conclusions,” said Angela Logomasini, Ph.D., Director of Risk and Environmental Policy
at CEI.   

This week, bottled
water companies are meeting in Las
Vegas to consider the future of the industry (see interbev.com). 

The pro-consumer
campaign – EnjoyBottledWater.org
- by the Competitive Enterprise Institute calls for individuals to sign a
petition demanding the freedom to choose bottled water.  

People most
impacted by efforts to ban consumer access to bottled water include:

  • immuno-compromised individuals
    following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to
    drink bottled water
  • rescue workers who need portable,
    sanitary water
  • sports and health enthusiasts who use
    bottled water to keep hydrated
  • anyone who simply enjoys convenience
    and portability of bottled water

“An easily
accessible, calorie free option for hydration is critical for an on-the-go
society, particularly for individuals with special needs, such as the elderly,
individuals engaged in sports, individuals participating in outdoor events, and
individuals on the road,” said Logomasini.  

The threat to
consumers is real.  The U.S. Conference
of Mayors passed resolution last spring calling on cities to impose
regulations, bans, and taxes.  Chicago
imposed a bottled water tax, and several cities have banned bottled water in
government buildings.  Salt Lake
City has even denied bottled water to
firefighters!   Some health clubs are considering forcing their
clients to drink tap water, shops are removing from store shelves, and
restaurants are taking it off their menus.  

“This is just
another example of government regulators eroding our freedom,” said Logomasini.
“If they succeed in banning and taxing water, what will they go after
next?” “

FEATURED VIDEO: the political attack on
bottled water

Read more about the
attack on bottled water at enjoybottledwater.org.

 

CEI
is a non-profit, non-partisan public policy group dedicated to the principles
of free enterprise and limited government. 
For more information about CEI, please visit our website at www.cei.org and blog, openmarket.org.