DNR says it will issue water discharge
permit for power plant
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
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
Wisconsin Energy spokesman Thad Nation said the utility
plans to review the draft permit in detail.