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DNR says it will issue water discharge permit for power plant
Associated Press
Published in the Duluth News Tribune January 13th, 2005

OAK CREEK, Wis. - The state Department of Natural Resources says it intends to issue a water discharge permit for Wisconsin Energy Corps $2.15 billion coal plant project in this southern Milwaukee suburb.

The permit, which is scheduled to take effect on March 1, is one of those needed before construction of the plant can begin on the Lake Michigan shoreline near the Racine County line.

The permit governs a water intake structure that would withdraw 1.06 billion gallons of water a day from the lake, run it through a large boiler to generate electricity, then return it to the lake at a temperature 15 degrees warmer than when it entered the plant.

It also covers an existing intake structure that withdraws a maximum of 1.18 billion gallons of water a day.

A Dane County Circuit Court ruling in November vacated state Public Service Commissions approval of the two-plant project. That case, brought by S.C. Johnson & Son Inc. of Racine and the Madison-based environmental group Clean Wisconsin, is to be taken up this spring by the state Supreme Court.

A water permit is also needed by the utility from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

"We will be working to see if there is anything contradictory to the Clean Water Act that is deemed illegal, and in that case, we will be pursuing this at the state and the federal level to have it corrected," said Eric Uram, Midwest regional representative of the Sierra Club.

Wisconsin Energy spokesman Thad Nation said the utility plans to review the draft permit in detail.




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