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Evers says he is directing review of Foxconn air permits

Posted at 10:41 AM, Feb 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-05 12:05:07-05

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Tony Evers says he is directing the state Department of Natural Resources to review air permits granted for the Foxconn Technology Group project near Racine.

Evers told reporters Tuesday he doesn't think that review has begun. Evers campaigned on the promise of reviewing air permits given to the Taiwanese company for its project that includes a display screen manufacturing facility.

Owners or operators of industrial sources that emit pollutants to the atmosphere need to get an air permit. A permit protects public health and the environment by requiring that owners or operators comply with all applicable state and federal air regulations, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Evers says he discussed the review with Foxconn officials and they were not concerned. He says, "Foxconn believes that they've done what was asked of them."

Foxconn last week reaffirmed its plans to build a factory in Wisconsin and employ up to 13,000 people, although most of them will be in research and development and not blue collar manufacturing jobs.