Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Memo to Walker, Foxconn: Lake Michigan is blue, not 'black-green, sudsy'

[Two updates from 3/5:

Here is the relevant schedule and comment information about the evening 3/7 hearing: 
1. The public hearing will be held on March 7, 2018 starting at 6:30 pm, with an informational meeting from 6:00 pm - 6:30 pm, at thef ollowing location: SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd, Sturtevant, WI 53177
Comments may also be submitted electronically to: DNRRacine Diversion Comments@wiscons
2. 62% of people statewide questioned in the Marquette Law School poll released today are "concerned" or "very concerned" that the Foxconn project could pollute the environment; the public is divided about whether the project is in the state's interest.]-----------------------------------
In addition to the mechanics of Foxconn's proposed diversion of water from Lake Michigan to be presented in Racine on Wednesday - - schedule, details here - - let's make sure we hear rock-solid guarantees to clean the factory's wastewater before its return to the lake.

And also discussion about the relationship of wastewater discharges - - planned and unplanned - - to the known losses of wetlands, lakes and stream routes allowed on the approximately 3,000-acre Foxconn site through sweetheart legislation that exempted the project from routine site assessments and environmental permitting

Because we want the lake to look like this

and not this
Let's just say no "sudsy" discharges will be welcomed, like those described here: 
...published reports [show] Foxconn's finger-pointing disdain for rules on the books: 
Chinese electronics suppliers FoxconnT echnology Group and UniMicron Technology Corp. have been criticized by Chinese environmental activist Ma Jun and five nonprofit environmental organizations for polluting nearby rivers with factory chemicals. 
According to the environmental groups, water with a black-green color and a chemical odor have been dumped from both Foxconn and UniMicron plants into the Huangcangjing and Hanputang rivers -- which feed into the Yangtze and Huangpu rivers. 
“Sudsy” water is dumped from Foxconn twice a day...
I'll add this item to my Foxconn archive, here.

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