Walker Responds to Possible Illinois Lawsuit on EPA Foxconn Decision

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Governor Scott Walker says he sees the intention of the Illinois Attorney General to file a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Foxconn as “frivolous”. The Governor was speaking at the Wisconsin Conservation Congress in Ashwaubenon Friday Morning.

Lisa Madigan, Illinois’ Democratic attorney general, plans to file her lawsuit challenging a decision to designate Racine County future home of Foxconn’s $10 billion plant, as in “attainment,” meaning it does not need to meet stricter standards for controlling smog and air pollution despite indisputable pollution monitoring data showing Racine County exceeds ozone levels beyond the 70 parts per billion (ppb) limit.

“Despite its name, the Environmental Protection Agency now operates with total disregard for the quality of our air and water, and in this case, the U.S. EPA is putting a company’s profit ahead of our natural resources and the public’s health,” Madigan said. “I will file a lawsuit to protect the environment and people from the consequences of this unsupported decision;” a statement released by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office on May 7.

The lawsuit will be the second action Madigan has taken to abate the negative impacts that the proposed Foxconn site will have on the environment and people’s health. In March, Madigan submitted comments to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources expressing concern about Foxconn’s water use and how wastewater from the manufacturing plant will be treated.

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