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Foxconn Air Pollution Permits Get Public Hearing In Mt. Pleasant

Business Groups, Local Officials Speak In Favor

Foxconn sign
Kin Cheung/AP Photo

Just two people spoke in opposition to granting air pollution control permits to Foxconn’s planned manufacturing complex in Mt. Pleasant at a state Department of Natural Resources hearing Tuesday night in Sturtevant.

Both speakers were there representing the League of Women Voters.

Most of those speaking in favor of the application were there on behalf of economic development groups, local companies and industry consultants

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Mt. Pleasant Village President Dave DeGroot also chimed in during the 40-minute hearing.

“I sincerely believe that Foxconn will be a great local partner in doing everything it can to minimize and mitigate its impact on the environment,” DeGroot said.

League of Women Voters’ Louise Petering brought up several concerns, including the fact that ozone levels are already considered to be high.

“Foxconn’s emissions of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic chemicals will push these ambient levels of ozone to consistently higher and unhealthy levels,” Petering said.

The DNR will continue to accept written comments on the Foxconn applications through April 16.