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The League of Women Voters of Dane County supports policies and actions that promote a life-sustaining environment, including clean air and clean water.

The current Foxconn permit application to the state Department of Natural Resources to release pollutants into the air is contrary to promoting a life-sustaining environment. The League asks the DNR to reject the application for several reasons:

  • The application does not include all possible emissions. We do not know if the DNR plans to develop an air monitoring site in the Racine area. How will the public know what is in the air we are breathing?
  • Foxconn emissions will far exceed federal thresholds for major sources in regulations, 250 tons per year. Such massive air emissions know no boundaries. The entire state, including Dane County, could be affected, so health effects may not be limited to those areas (Racine, Kenosha, Milwaukee, Door County, Sheboygan) directly downwind from Foxconn.
  • Many areas of Wisconsin already experience high-ozone days during the summer. Emissions from Foxconn will almost certainly increase the incidence of high-ozone days -- a hazard especially to children’s health.

Ingrid Rothe, vice-president, League of Women Voters of Dane County

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