Environmentalists rip proposed Foxconn permit rollbacks

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker's administration says a bill that would exempt a potential Foxconn electronics plant from environmental regulations would streamline the construction process.

Walker introduced a $3 billion incentives package for the plant on Friday.

DNR spokesman Jim Dick said in an email that the bill is about streamlining the process and since Foxconn hasn't said where the plant will be built no one knows if any wetlands will be affected.

Conservationists lined up to oppose Republican plans to eliminate key environmental regulations as part of an incentive package to lure a $10 billion Foxconn electronics plant to southeastern Wisconsin.

Gov. Scott Walker's incentives bill would exempt the company from environmental impact statements and state permits for filling wetlands and building on lake beds.

Midwest Environmental Advocates attorney Sarah Geers said Monday the bill would leave people in the dark about how the plant would affect the landscape and result in the loss of wetlands.

Clean Wisconsin, the Wisconsin Environment Research and Policy Center and the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters all oppose the bill as well.

A Walker spokesman referred questions to the Department of Natural Resources. An agency spokesman didn't immediately respond to a message.

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