My Turn: Why a water bottling plant on our island is a bad idea

I applaud the Windward Planning Commission’s decision to say “no” to a water bottling plant with coffee roasting facility on this island. (See article: Water Bottling Plant Proposed for Parcel in Hilo published July 21). The proposal is environmentally harmful on four issues: 1) water extraction of our community’s water for private profit, 2) potential for ocean pollution, 3) increased plastic bottles in our landfills and 4) impact of increased traffic for manufacturing and drive through cafe, causing more greenhouse gas emissions.