GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) - Oneida Seven Generations is appealing a court decision that put a halt to their plans for a gasification plant in Green Bay.
The news comes as a surprise to members of the city council who canceled the projects conditional use permit.
In a statement...Oneida Seven Gen said, "they believe the decision was arbitrary and unreasonable....and that the project continues to meet all conditions set in the CUP."
In January..Judge Mark Hammer upheld the city's decision to revoke the CUP.
He said Oneida made several misrepresentations when Initially proposing the project...including details about emissions and smokestacks.
City council president Tom De Wane disagrees with Oneida's decision.
"I really to this point don't understand why they are doing this," he says, "but it's up to them. Like I said after that meeting, people asked me if they'd file or something like that, I said that's up to them. But, to this point, I think what they are doing is making a big mistake."
Oneida says that they are convinced the project is still a good fit for the area.
Complete Oneida Seven Generations Statement below:
"This afternoon The Oneida Seven Generations Corporation filed an appeal in its case against the City of Green Bay for its revocation of a previously approved conditional use permit - a decision we believe was arbitrary and unreasonable. The city's CUP was to build a waste-to-energy plant at 1230 Hurlbut Street that would have dramatically reduced the amount of trash heading to regional landfills and produced clean energy. The appeal seeks to overturn the ruling of Circuit Court Judge Marc Hammer who upheld the City Council's October 2012 decision to rescind the CUP. The project has met and continues to meet all of the conditions specified in the CUP and the city's zoning code as well as extensive state and federal environmental regulations expressly designed to protect the health and safety of the public.
Seven Generations remains convinced this project is beneficial for the area's economic development, the jobs it will create and, ultimately, enhance the environment for future generations."
This will be the only statement made as the legal proceedings continue.