It's jumping the gun for the Department of Natural Resources to have already brought on board a project manager to expedite the environmental permitting for Foxconn, as reported in Thursday's State Journal story "DNR hires project manager to speed permits for plant."
I see this as an effort to bypass environmental regulations that protect our air and water. I found three comments in the story to be particularly troubling. First was the comment that we needed “to hit the ground running and make sure that regulatory processes and bureaucracy are not in the way of job creation.”
The second comment was “Walker’s plan calls for exempting Foxconn from state law that requires a comprehensive environmental impact statement for major construction projects.” The third comment was “The governor’s legislation also would exempt the company from state wetland and waterways regulations.”
DNR Secretary Kathy Stepp’s reassurances of environmental protection seem rather hollow in light of recent actions. Foxconn does not seem like a good deal for Wisconsin to me.
Linda Eisele, Madison