October 24, 2014

Tribal land latest site for waste to energy plant

Operators of a proposed waste to energy facility in Green Bay had their conditional use permit revoked last year. Now they’re looking at new spot to build on Oneida tribal land.

The Oneida Division of Land Management held a public hearing this week to hear comments on a request from Oneida Seven Generations Corporations to rezone land and for a conditional use permit in Oneida.

The project is reportedly being called the Water Circle Project and will be located near the Little Bear Center off Water Circle Place and Highway 54. The Oneida Land Commission will vote on rezoning the land and granting a conditional use permit at their February 11th meeting.

The waste to energy project is estimated to be worth around more than $20 million. OSGC has attempted to build in three different locations that have not worked out: Howard, Ashwaubenon, and Green Bay.

The city of Green Bay approved a conditional use permit, but pulled it more than 20 months later over misstatements about smoke stacks and emissions. OSGC sued, but a judge ruled against them.

Lawyers stated during the hearing, that they would file another lawsuit seeking damages. That figure is reported to be upwards of $5 million, although there’s no word whether a lawsuit is still being pursued.

WTAQ