By Stephanie Carson of Public News Service – NC
ASHEVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina’s clean water is a valuable commodity for thousands of businesses across the state, including New Belgium Brewing in Asheville.
The fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S. is one of 234 businesses that this week joined an amicus brief urging a federal court to uphold the Clean Water Rule, finalized in 2015.
Jenn Vervier, director of sustainability and strategy at New Belgium Brewing, stresses water is important to the company’s future success.
“You’ve got to have good water to brew, and the fact that we have so much good water because of the Clean Water Act throughout the country has helped the craft-brewing industry grow,” she explains. “And certainly for New Belgium, our success in locating here, near the Appalachians in Asheville, has helped preserve the quality of our beer.”
Last month, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case challenging the Clean Water Rule, which more clearly defines what is covered under the Clean Water Act.
At least six other North Carolina businesses joined the appeal.
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