DNR Should Reject Foxconn Application

DNR Should Reject Foxconn Application

The following letter to the editor was published by the Wisconsin State Journal online on 4/17/18.

The League of Women Voters of Dane County supports policies and actions that promote a life-sustaining environment, including clean air and clean water.

The current Foxconn permit application to the state Department of Natural Resources to release pollutants into the air is contrary to promoting a life-sustaining environment. The League asks the DNR to reject the application for several reasons:

  • The application does not include all possible emissions. We do not know if the DNR plans to develop an air monitoring site in the Racine area. How will the public know what is in the air we are breathing?
  • Foxconn emissions will far exceed federal thresholds for major sources in regulations, 250 tons per year. Such massive air emissions know no boundaries. The entire state, including Dane County, could be affected, so health effects may not be limited to those areas (Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Door County, Sheboygan) directly downwind from Foxconn.
  • Many areas of Wisconsin already experience high-ozone days during the summer. Emissions from Foxconn will almost certainly increase the incidence of high-ozone days -- a hazard especially to children’s health.

Ingrid Rothe, vice-president, League of Women Voters of Dane County

Read more about the DNR's role in the Foxconn project here

This is the DNR's mission

  • To protect and enhance our natural resources: our air, land and water; our wildlife, fish and forests and the ecosystems that sustain all life.
  • To provide a healthy, sustainable environment and a full range of outdoor opportunities.
  • To ensure the right of all people to use and enjoy these resources in their work and leisure.
  • To work with people to understand each other's views and to carry out the public will.
  • And in this partnership consider the future and generations to follow.

May is clean air month! The DNR is sponsoring this poetry contest for grade school children. We must not allow them to greenwash their actions with images like this while permitting corporations to abuse the public resources that it is their mission to protect.