Environmental groups filed a formal challenge on Friday with the Department of Natural Resources over the agency’s decision to allow the City of Racine to divert millions of gallons a day from Lake Michigan for technology giant Foxconn Technology Group and other users.
The move once again thrusts southeastern Wisconsin into the debate over Great Lakes water use, and under what conditions users outside the basin of the world’s largest freshwater system can lay claim to the resource. . . . .
“This certainly is no surprise,” said [co-director of the Burke Center] and writer Peter Annin, author of the 2006 book, “The Great Lakes Water Wars,” who in an upcoming reissue is adding a chapter on Foxconn.
“There have been rumors and expectations about some sort of challenge for weeks. The compact Is a relatively new legal paradigm and sooner or later we were expecting to see a challenge like this.”
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