On May 25, 2018, Midwest Environmental Advocates filed a legal action on behalf of petitioners, Milwaukee Riverkeeper, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, River Alliance of Wisconsin and Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, to challenge Wisconsin DNR’s approval of the City of Racine’s request to divert Lake Michigan water to supply Foxconn’s proposed facility. This week, the Wisconsin DNR notified Midwest Environmental Advocates that their request for a contested case hearing had been granted. The DNR will soon be forwarding the case to the Division of Hearings and Appeals where an Administrative Law Judge will be assigned to oversee the proceedings.
Following this announcement, Foxconn released information about a planned $30 million investment for a water recycling system that will reduce their daily consumption from ~7 million gallons to around 2.5 million gallons. Despite its relatively marginal impact on Great Lakes water levels, Freshwater Future continues to oppose the diversion given the negative precedent it sets with regard to the Great Lakes Compact, which states diversions for “straddling communities” must be for public use. Foxconn is a private corporation.
From Freshwater Future’s weekly emails, Freshwater Weekly.