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Illinois To Sue EPA For Exempting Foxconn Plant From Pollution Controls ( 127

Last week, Reuters reported that "Illinois' Attorney General said she plans to sue the EPA for allowing a proposed Foxconn plant in neighboring Wisconsin to operate without stringent pollution controls." From the report: On Tuesday, the EPA identified 51 areas in 22 states that do not meet federal air quality requirements for ozone, a step toward enforcing the standards issued in 2015. An exempted area was Racine County, Wisconsin, just north of the Illinois border that is known to have heavily polluted air, where Taiwan-based Foxconn is building a $10 billion liquid-crystal display plant. Pollution monitoring data show the county's ozone levels exceed the 70 parts per billion (ppb) limit. If Racine County had been designated a "non-attainment" area, it would have required Foxconn to install stringent pollution control equipment.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan said she would file a lawsuit in the District of Columbia Circuit Court of Appeals challenging the EPA's ozone designations, saying its failure to name Racine County a "non-attainment" area puts people at risk. "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 in a statement.

Illinois To Sue EPA For Exempting Foxconn Plant From Pollution Controls

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  • by GameboyRMH ( 1153867 ) <> on Sunday May 13, 2018 @06:54AM (#56603112) Journal

    A company is moving in to exploit your cheap labor with a special license to pollute from the government, while your leader is a grade-A supercrook and mostly just his political opposition cares about that fact. Welcome to the third world USA, after much effort you've finally made it. A complementary basket of rusty VW beetles, oil barrels and discarded tires will be sent in the mail.

  • name change (Score:3, Insightful)

    by beep54 ( 1844432 ) <b54oramaster@[ ] ['gma' in gap]> on Sunday May 13, 2018 @07:52AM (#56603206)
    The EPA has turned into the Environmental Polluting Agency and this is a feature, not a bug.
  • by Provocateur ( 133110 ) <shedied&gmail,com> on Sunday May 13, 2018 @08:21AM (#56603264) Homepage

    This dyslexic conspiracy theorist puts his hat on, backwards.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    And the rest of the Trump Eunuchs that think allowing dirtbag chinks to open a toxic factory with no hope of EVER making a profit is somehow great Job news. THE WHOLE FUCKING DEAL IS TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Wisconsin taxpayers are shelling out $3 Billion for maybe 4,000 relatively low paying factory jobs. Do the math...welfare would be cheaper. The factory is close enough to Illinois that a majority of the employees will be from Illinois, so we wonâ(TM)t even get income taxes. Walker screwed us again

  • Why not capture this ozone and release it into the upper atmosphere? Resurrect two birds with one stone.

    • If there was an easy way to capture it, sure, but it's 70 parts per billion.
      Not exactly what you'd call a 'high concentration', except for human and animal respirational organs.

      Also, 'capture' of ozone usually means having it react with something, but then it's no longer ozone.

      But, having some kind of air cleaning effort going would be good.
      Perhaps Wisconsin should require Foxconn to set up air cleaner units around inner city centers, if they want to build a factory.

      I know I saw a story once about a
  • Illinois sends their FIB's to Wisconsin to do 50 MPH over the speed limit and act like they own the state. Buying up land and building big expensive houses so residents of Wisconsin can't afford houses in their own state. Well guess what Illinois - FUCK YOU you FIB's! it's Wisconsin's turn to send shit your way! Keep your FIB's our of our state and maybe we will keep the pollution out of yours. Oh wait your already polluted. Oh and how is your gun control working there in Chicago? All those shootings you ha

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