Wisconsin Public Radio

Groups Challenge Legality of Foxconn’s Water Diversion

Argues the DNR made a mistake in approving the water diversion.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - May 29th, 2018 11:52 am


Great Lakes groups have filed a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s approval of a water diversion plan needed to run the Foxconn liquid crystal display factory being built in Racine County.

The state Department of Natural Resources approved a proposal last month that would allow Racine to take 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan, to be piped to the plant. Most of the water would go back to the lake after being treated in Racine’s wastewater plant.

Attorney Jodi Habush Sinykin, of Midwest Environmental Advocates, said the legal action filed Friday afternoon argues the DNR made a mistake by disregarding a requirement that diversions be for public water supply purposes, which she said is clearly defined as “serving a group of largely residential customers.”

“The integrity of the (Great Lakes Water Diversion Compact of 2008) is being tested by this misinterpretation, and we believe the compact is important enough to fight for,” she said.

The petitioners represented include Milwaukee Riverkeeper, the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin, River Alliance of Wisconsin and the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy.

Habush Sinykin said having an administrative law judge in Wisconsin hear the case is a step allowed under the compact.

Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said Foxconn’s water diversion wouldn’t harm Lake Michigan.

Groups File Legal Challenge To Water Diversion Plan For Foxconn Facility was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

Leave a Reply

You must be an Urban Milwaukee member to leave a comment. Membership, which includes a host of perks, including an ad-free website, tickets to marquee events like Summerfest, the Wisconsin State Fair and the Florentine Opera, a better photo browser and access to members-only, behind-the-scenes tours, starts at $9/month. Learn more.

Join now and cancel anytime.

If you are an existing member, sign-in to leave a comment.

Have questions? Need to report an error? Contact Us