GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - The Green Bay City Council will take up a controversial garbage to energy project at its Tuesday meeting. The council will act on the recommendation of the city's planning commission to allow the Oneida Seven Generations Corporation to keep its permit to build a gasification plant on the city's east side.
Oneida Seven Generations Corporation has been working for more than a year to get the proper permits to build a 60,000 square foot facility that will turn burned garbage into energy. The plant would be located on Hurlbut Street on Green Bay's east side.
The council approved a conditional use permit for the plant back in March of last year, but asked the city planning commission to hold a special hearing after residents raised concerns over emissions.
"The Oneida Seven Generations sold this to the public prior to bringing it to the city saying there were no emissions, it's a closed-loop system, when in fact that's not true. There are over 18 toxic air emissions," Dean Hoegger, President of the Clean Water Action Council of Northeast Wisconsin said.
Tuesday night, the council will vote to either allow Oneida Seven Generations to keep its permit or rescind it.
Hoegger said what's at stake for him is faith in city government. That's why opponents plan to rally outside of City Hall before the meeting.
"These are people who are counting on their council members to vote against this because they feel that it's their last hope in getting the permit application, that wasn't so much about the facts, to be rescinded," added Hoegger.
Oneida Seven Generations Corporation has not spoken with the media on the issue. Once again, the company's PR firm referred us to a statement from CEO Kevin Cornelius: "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 council meeting gets underway at 7:00 p.m. at Green Bay City Hall.