Bottle ban scrapped after talks with Coca-Cola

By the Associated Press | November 10, 2011 | 5:35 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Grand Canyon officials scrapped a plan to ban the sale of plastic water bottles in the part after talks with Coca-Cola, a major donor to the National Park Foundation and a bottled water distributor.

Stephen P. Martin, who created the plan to ban the disposable bottles, told The New York Times ( ) that his bosses told him about the decision to scrap the plan about two weeks before its Jan. 1 start.

Martin told the newspaper that Coca-Cola, which distributes water under the Dasani brand and has donated more than $13 million to the national parks, expressed concerns about the ban through the parks foundation. The plan was later tabled.