Monday, April 16, 2018

Comment period on Foxconn's massive air pollution permits ends today

You've got until the end of today to register an opinion. Details below:
Foxconn is applying for at least four permits to emit large tonnages of air pollutants annually. Those emission have been compared to the operation of a large paper mill, and the state is busy trying to weaken air quality standards and monitoring in the area.
Comments may be faxed (920-424-4404), e-mailed (, or mailed (Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, Attn.: Jonathan Wright, Northeast Region Air Program, Oshkosh Service Center, 625 E County Road Y, Suite 700, Oshkosh, WI 54901-9731). 
The permit paperwork is lengthy and complex; the comment period remains open through the end of the business day, April 16, according to the DNR.
Remember, what goes up comes down, and Lake Michigan is right there. independent analysis of the permits was headlined "Foxconn could increase Racine County's emissions by six percentand said, in part:
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. 

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