Thursday, October 5, 2017

"Foxconn's impact on Wisconsin will be closely watched by environmentalists"

Lee Bergquist, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 4:41 p.m. CT Oct. 4, 2017 | Updated 3:07 p.m. CT Oct. 5, 2017 

STURTEVANT - Foxconn Technology Group identified the site for a massive electronics plant in Racine County on Wednesday but provided few other details, prompting environmental groups to continue to raise questions about the impact a 20 million-square-foot facility might pose on natural resources.

The groups said they will monitor how the Taiwan-based company’s sprawling plant will conform with the regulation of Great Lakes water; the amount of pollution the plant will discharge; and the impact on wetlands at a site in the Village of Mount Pleasant.

The factory is targeted for the far southwest corner of the village on nearly 1,200 acres, bounded largely by I-94 on the west, Highway KR on the south, Highway H on the east and Braun Road on the north.

Racine County officials also disclosed on Wednesday that Foxconn plans to acquire more than twice that acreage for future development, creating a far larger footprint over time.

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