Concerned Residents of Racine County will have an opportunity to add their voices and valuable input into the decision making process of both the Wisconsin Public Service Commission (PSC) and Department of Natural Resources (DNR), in regards to:
(PSC) Allowing the American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project; and
(DNR) Allowing the City of Racine to remove an additional 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve the proposed Foxconn LCD TV manufacturing plant.
First – from the Journal Sentinel:
American Transmission Co. will seek state approval for a $140 million project to run electrical power to the huge manufacturing complex Foxconn Technology Group plans to build in Racine County.
The massive plant is expected to draw an enormous amount of power — six times more than the next-largest factory in Wisconsin, according to ATC, which declined to identify that factory.
Before adding power lines and building the new substation, ATC will need approval from the State Public Service Commission. The utility says it will file an application with the PSC in February and ask for a decision by August.
If the commission approves the project then, construction would begin late next year on the substation and in early 2019 on the transmission lines, according to ATC. Power would start flowing by late 2019 or early 2020.
ATC is co-owned by Wisconsin utilities including We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Alliant Energy, Madison Gas & Electric and Superior Water, Light and Power.
To get power to Foxconn, ATC would add a second 345 kilovolt transmission circuit along 12 miles of existing lines from Pleasant Prairie north to Mount Pleasant.
That would take power to a point 1.2 miles east of the new substation. To connect the existing system to the substation, ATC would build new transmission lines, strung on 16 steel poles, 120 feet to 160 feet tall, set along an east-west corridor south of Braun Road.
The utility would need easements through the new corridor, either by negotiating with landowners or, if necessary, acquiring the right-of-way by exercising eminent domain authority.
ATC also would build an underground line beneath Highway H to connect to a Foxconn-owned power station on the factory site.
Residents can voice their concerns by filing a comment with the Public Service Commission – screenshot below:
The link to the Public Service Commission Comments section is: http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx
Concerned Residents then need to select a Case – specifically: American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project; then click on the FILE A COMMENT prompt, which opens the window to file a comment.
From the prompt:
137-CE-188 –Application of American Transmission Company LLC to Construct and Place in Operation a New 345/138 kV Substation in the Village of Mount Pleasant, 345 kV Transmission Lines to Interconnect it With ATC’s Existing 345 kV Transmission Network, and to Construct or Reconstruct Other Lines and Facilities in the Area, to be Located in Primarily Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin
To file comments in this case fill out the information below and click on the File Comments button.
A comment may consist of the writer’s personal knowledge or personal opinions only. A reference document, newspaper article, professional journal article, white paper, study or any other prepared material not written by the person commenting is not considered a public comment, but may be referenced in a person’s comment.
Comments range from being supportive of MTP using Eminent Domain to confiscate private property for State purposes, granting questionably superior rights over residents to privately owned Mega- Corporations and being in favor of raising rates for electricity to those who disfavor such questionably, and hastily rushed legislatively mandated and potentially unconstitutional State actions.
|I do not understand why ANY ratepayers other than Foxconn are proposed to be charged for Foxconn’s transmission lines. This is reportedly an extremely profitable company. Part of that profitability must be massive subsidies to Foxconn paid by governments and citizens in the areas in which Foxconn locates. Please direct the ratepaying charges directly to Foxconn, the main customer for whom this transmission line is intended. If as quoted in the newspaper the cost to ratepayers is “pennies per month, pennies per year”, Foxconn can surely afford this.
I also have serious concerns about environmental impacts by Foxconn on my local environment. I would request that they abide by or exceed all current regulatory requirements and not be granted any exceptions to existing water or air quality laws.
The Comment section, which also collates the contents of many documents which are required to be filed, prior to approval, may be found at this link:
From the Case Summary:
|American Transmission Company (ATC) – Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project
||American Transmission Company LLC (137)
||ATC proposes to construct new electric transmission facilities to serve the proposed Foxconn development. Facilities to be constructed include: a new Mount Pleasant Substation to provide electrical service for the Foxconn campus; two sets of double-circuit transmission lines along a 1.2-mile corridor to connect the new substation to the existing 345 kilovolt (kV) electric transmission system; an added second 345 kV transmission circuit to an existing 12-mile transmission line between the existing Racine and Pleasant Prairie Substations; modifications at the existing Racine and Elm Road Substations, and at the existing Pleasant Prairie Switchyard; and, a new 138 kV underground transmission line to connect the proposed Mount Pleasant Substation to a new substation to be owned by Foxconn. The Commission’s review of the project is limited to the proposed electric transmission facilities.
|Now Accepting Public Comments
Let your voice be heard:
The Foxconn deal keeps getting worse and worse. From 3 billion to 4 billion and now to at least 4.5 billion of taxpayer dollars. That’s not including taxpayer water, sewer, power infrastructures and highway expansion costs.
Recently the details of the power project that Foxconn and various politicians expect you to pay for were revealed. It’s a 14-mile long, mostly above ground, high-power line with various substations and their lines.
The City and County of Kenosha wisely said no to Foxconn. That means the 10 or 12 miles of new high-powered power lines that are proposed to run across Kenosha (south to north) don’t belong there.
The lines and substations belong in Mount Pleasant and Racine County. Period. They wanted Foxconn.
Additionally, and just as important, residents of southeast Wisconsin shouldn’t have to pay the power needs of a foreign corporation that’s overflowing in money, assets and anti-suicide nets. If not stopped, these costs will be on our power bills for years to come.
The Foxcomm deal is built on faulty legal ground, bad ethics, and greed. Special laws allowing destruction of local environment, thoughtless cruel winter evictions, homes seized, and the sickening perversion of the court system to benefit a single foreign company. Now add a subsidized expensive ugly high-power line to the list.
To make your voice heard and make a comment with the Public Service Commission, contact the PSC. Call 608-266-541. Write. Or comment on webpage under “American Transmission Company (ATC) — Mount Pleasant Tech Interconnection Project” http://apps.psc.wi.gov/vs2010/dockets/comment.aspx.
Meanwhile the DNR is getting ready to approve an application for City of Racine to extract another 7,000,000 + gallons of water daily, from Lake Michigan:
MADISON — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.
The state Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday that they’ve scheduled a public hearing on the request for March 7 in Sturtevant.
The meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the SC Johnson iMET Center, 2320 Renaissance Blvd., Sturtevant.
Under the Great Lakes Compact, all water diverted from Lake Michigan must be returned minus what’s lost to evaporation or what’s used for Foxconn’s manufacturing process. The city’s application estimates about 2.7 million gallons per day will be consumed and wouldn’t return to the lake. All wastewater would return to the Racine wastewater treatment plan and then the lake. Foxconn has struggled with pollution problems in China.
Public comments welcomed
Residents wishing to comment on the diversion application should do so by close of business on March 21.
Email comments to: DNRRacineDiversionComments@wisconsin.gov
Hard copy comments can be sent to: DNR Drinking Water and Groundwater Program DG/5, Attn: Adam Freihoefer, PO Box 7921, Madison, Wisconsin 53707-7921
Foxconn already ADMITS it will be a major polluter; Kudos to Foxconn CEO Terry Gou for being so forthcoming:
Together, the three plants will produce enough air pollution to qualify Foxconn, in regulatory parlance, as a major source emitter. As a major source, the company must install air pollution control equipment that costs more and removes more air pollutants than other control equipment on the market.
Foxconn says it will produce gases such as nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, which are sources of ozone pollution. Ozone is primarily a summer problem.
Ozone exposure can lead to reduced lung function and aggravate asthma and other lung diseases. High temperatures magnify ozone problems.
Racine County and southeastern Wisconsin are currently in compliance with federal ozone standards, but new stricter standards are expected to soon take effect. EPA officials in December said they plan to designate the region as not meeting the tougher standard, which could mean more restrictions on businesses. A final decision by the EPA has not been made.
The plant will also produce particulate pollution — tiny particles that are smaller than a human hair that can cause respiratory problems.
Foxconn will also produce carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, and must limit emissions of CO2, according to the DNR.
The company has faced criticism for its environmental record, especially in China.
As the world population continues to grow, the ability to source clean water is becoming a more pressing concern.
Between 1900 and 1995, global water consumption rose six-fold and the United Nations expects the situation to become considerably worse over the next 30 years.1
One of the main problems is global water supplies are unevenly distributed. In some countries there is an abundance of water and in others a severe shortage. In some areas, such as India and Africa, the amount of water being used is so high that natural supplies are being depleted faster than they can be replenished. This situation affects every continent and in many countries, such as the UK, the growing demand for water has led to a significant increase in the amount of water that is imported.
In the United States the population growth is one of the highest in industrialized countries and the average American uses over 420 litres per day. This is one of the highest in the world, and with diminishing supplies this has forced the government to increase prices and change its approach to water supply. By 2050 14 states will face an extreme risk to water sustainability as demand will exceed supply. Figure 1 shows the areas most at risk and by 2050 over 1,100 counties will face a high risk of water shortage due to global warming.
The Ogallala aquifer turned the region into America’s breadbasket. Now it, and a way of life, are being drained away.
“Whoa,” yells Brownie Wilson, as the steel measuring tape I am feeding down the throat of an irrigation well on the Kansas prairie gets away from me and unspools rapidly into the depths below.
The well, wide enough to fall into, taps into the Ogallala aquifer, the immense underground freshwater basin that makes modern life possible in the dry states of Middle America. We have come to assess the aquifer’s health. The weighted tip hits the water at 195 feet, a foot lower than a year ago. Dropping at this pace, it is nearing the end of its life. “Already this well does not have enough water left to irrigate for an entire summer,” Wilson says.
It is three days into January, and we are alone on an endlessly flat expanse surrounded by 360 degrees of pale blue horizon, not a cloud, not a tree in sight. We are 4,000 feet above sea level, the reason this is called the High Plains. The incessant wind that blew topsoil from the Dust Bowl east to the Atlantic Ocean and onto the decks of ships during the 1930s is unseasonably calm, although Wilson’s SUV is packed to the roof with gear for every possible weather calamity. On the field behind us, the spindly steel skeleton of a center-pivot irrigation sprinkler stretches out over brown earth like a giant sci-fi insect, dormant until spring.
Wilson, who is 47 with a lean, athletic build, is the water-data manager for the Kansas Geological Survey and part of a team that travels to western Kansas every winter to document how rapidly this aquifer is disappearing. The water beneath our feet has been accumulating in porous rock for about 15,000 years, before the end of the last ice age. For the past 60 years, the Ogallala has been pumped out faster than raindrops and snowmelt can seep back into the ground to replenish it, thanks largely to irrigation machinery like the one sleeping nearby. As a result, in parts of western Kansas, the aquifer has declined by more than 60 percent during that period. In some parts, it is already exhausted. The decline is steady now, dry years or wet. In 2015 rain was exceptionally heavy—50 to 100 percent above normal. Even so, water levels in the wells dropped again. Wilson’s field report will put the best face on it, noting it was the slowest decline in five years.
Tagging along with Wilson, I am nearing the end of a 5,000-mile journey along the back roads of Ogallala territory, from South Dakota to Texas. My drive has taken me through some of the most productive farmland anywhere, home to at least a $20-billion-a-year industry that grows nearly one-fifth of the United States’ wheat, corn, and beef cattle. It’s also a place facing hard choices: Farmers can reduce consumption of water to further extend the life of the aquifer. Or they can continue on their path toward an end that is already in sight. Some don’t like to frame the dilemma quite so starkly. But if they don’t reduce pumping and the aquifer is drained, food markets will be profoundly affected around the world. In the coming decades this slow-speed crisis will unfold just as the world needs to increase food production by 60 percent, according to the United Nations, to feed more than nine billion people by mid-century.
The draining of North America’s largest aquifer is playing out in similar ways across the world, as large groundwater basins in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East decline rapidly. Many of these aquifers, including the southern Ogallala, have little ability to recharge. Once their water is gone, they could take thousands of years to refill.
“The consequences will be huge,” says Jay Famiglietti, senior water scientist at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory and lead researcher on a study using satellites to record changes in the world’s 37 largest aquifers. “We need to sustain groundwater to sustain food production, and we’re not doing it. Is draining the Ogallala the smartest thing for food production in the U.S. and globally? This is the question we need to answer.”
Please join Cindy and I is JUST SAYING NO to allowing Governor Scott Walker, Representatives Robin Vos, Cory Mason & MTP President David DeGroot to violate the Wisconsin Constitution (and their Oath of Office) by granting special rights to Corporate interests, stealing people’s property, destroying multi-generational Farms alongside an entire long established Community, loosening environmental protections, permitting heavy metals water pollution, instituting slave labor wages, providing taxpayer subsidies to multi-billionaire Corporations, and politician overreach.
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