DNR grants hearing to environmental group challenging Foxconn use of Lake Michigan water

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Environmentalists are a step closer in challenging the Foxconn project in Mount Pleasant, with news that the DNR has granted a Midwest Environmental Advocates request for a hearing related to Racine’s request to divert up to 7 million gallons of water per day to Mount Pleasant, mostly for use by Foxconn. > Wisconsin State Journal

Groups file legal challenge to Foxconn’s Lake Michigan diversion plan

Great Lakes groups have filed a legal challenge to Wisconsin’s approval of a water diversion plan for the planned Foxconn factory. The DNR approved a proposal last month that would allow Racine to take 7 million gallons a day from Lake Michigan and pipe the water to the company. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin river turns orange after emergency release of sand mine sludge

State and local authorities in western Wisconsin are working to determine the environmental impact after about 10 million gallons of sludge was released from a settling pond to rescue a worker at a Trempealeau County frac sand mine. > La Crosse Tribune

Illinois Senate getting involved in Foxconn squabble

After the Illinois Attorney General and the Walker Administration traded threats of possible legal action regarding the Foxconn project, it looks as if the Illinois State Senate might now get involved, via a resolution by its Environment & Conservation Committee. > Racine Journal Times

‘Wisconsin will push back’: Walker administration responds to Illinois’ threat of Foxconn lawsuit

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To countersue or not to countersue: That is the question Gov. Scott Walker is asking after Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she planned on filing a lawsuit challenging the Environmental Protection Agency regarding Foxconn. > Racine Journal Times

Wisconsin racing toward the bottom on the environment?

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The most recent Smithsonian Magazine identifies what it calls the “Clean Top 10” states in deriving energy from renewable fuels. No surprise here: Wisconsin is not among them, while two of our neighbors rank No. 1 and No. 9. > Cap Times

Illinois to sue EPA for exempting Foxconn plant from pollution controls

Illinois’ Attorney General said on Friday she plans to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for allowing a proposed Foxconn Technology Co. plant in Wisconsin to operate without stringent pollution controls. > Reuters