GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The future of a controversial gasification plant will be a hot topic in Green Bay Wednesday night. Oneida Seven Generations Corporation has been working for more than a year to get the proper permits to build a plant, which will turn burned garbage into energy. But not everyone is on board.
The Green Bay City Council approved a conditional use permit for the plant back in March of last year.
However, they decided to hold a public hearing after project opponents charged that the developers withheld details about emissions and other potential issues.
"Based on the previous City Council meeting," Rob Strong, Community Development Director for Green Bay explained. "There were some people in the community that felt that there was information, that if we had had it, that at the Planning Commission level, we would not have granted the CUP."
Last week,. concerned citizens turned in letters and signed petitions. Members of the Clean Water Action Council said the public was originally told there wouldn't be any smokestacks at the facility.
"They said no emissions, but in fact, the DNR report said they'll be 18 significant toxic air emissions," Dean Hoegger, President of the Clean Water Action Council said.
The CEO for Oneida Seven Generations Corporation said that's not the case. In a statement, Kevin Cornelius told Local 5, "When built, the facility will meet all of the conditions specified in the conditional use permit, including receiving all necessary environmental permits and meeting city building codes."
The hearing is at 5:30 p.m. at Green Bay City Hall. After hearing all the public comments, the Planning Commission will decide whether to recommend to rescind or approve the permit. Either way, Strong said the decision ends with the City Council.