Thursday, March 22, 2018

WI DNR schedules hearings on Foxconn's whopping air pollution

[Updated from 3/20/18, at bold-faced items, below] No wonder Walker and his allies want eased air pollution rules in SE Wisconsin: Foxconn is going make the air a lot dirtier there.
Smoke stacks from a factory.
On the level of what a big paper plant spews.

With the comment period on Foxconn's controversial ask for a Lake Michigan diversion closing Wednesday, the DNR has announced the schedule for a hearing on four emission permits sought by the company for its several facilities:

 A public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, April 3, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at:

SC Johnson iMET Center
2320 Renaissance Boulevard
Sturtevant, WI
DNR staff will be available starting at 6:00 p.m. for an open house and informal question and answer session.
Preliminary approval was granted for the permits Friday, so heads up, Racine County, and people living downwind, and anything in and on Lake Michigan, or the land nearby, as BizTimes reports:
The four facilities, to be built in phases over the next several years, could combine to emit 229 tons per year of nitrogen oxides, 240 tons of carbon monoxide, 52 tons of particulate matter, 4 tons of sulfur dioxide and 275 tons of volatile organic compounds... 
There’s only one facility in the state – the Verso Corp. Wisconsin Rapids paper mill – that emits at or above the levels Foxconn is proposing across all five pollutants...
[Kristin Hart, DNR air permit section chief] noted the potential emissions figures are what the company is proposing it be allowed to emit. The figures are often much higher than what a source actually emits, sometimes by as much as 50 percent, she said. 
A full archive about the project is here.

Remind me if anyone remembers hearing Walker and Foxconn alert anyone that all that tonnage was in the package. I also amend my no-risk description of Kenosha's situation.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's like we live in an Autocracy with one party rule and the end justifies the means. Constituents be damned. The GOP wants FoxConn and the GOP will get FoxConn no matter the private rights of individuals. It's almost like voting doesn't matter because the GOP doesn't represent the people anyway. Welcome to the Duchy of FitzWalkerstan, or if you are a Communist, Welcome comrade.