The head of the state D-N-R vows that air and water standards will not be compromised for Foxconn.
Cathy Stepp told the Natural Resources Board in Milwaukee Wednesday that she hired former D-N-R attorney Eric Ebersberger to oversee environmental safeguards for the ten-billion dollar L-C-D screen plant that Foxconn plans to build in Racine or Kenosha counties. Stepp says she favors setting aside certain state rules as part of a three-billion package of tax breaks, utility discounts, and other incentives for the Taiwanese electronics giant. She says the company would have to comply with numerous state air and water emission permits, as well as all environmental rules. An Assembly vote on the Foxconn package is expected next week -- but Senate G-O-P leader Scott Fitzgerald says he does not have the votes yet to pass it in his chamber.