Plan Approved For Lake Michigan Water For FoxConn

A judge has ruled in favor of Racine, Wisconsin’s plan to divert millions of gallons of water from Lake Michigan for Foxconn Technology Group.  State administrative law Judge Brian Hayes decided that Racine’s plan to sell water to the Village of Mount Pleasant for the Foxconn manufacturing complex meets the requirements of the Great Lakes Compact.  Environmental groups had argued that the diversion wasn’t for “public water supply purposes” and therefore violated the terms of the compact which was created to protect the Great Lakes from those outside the basin.  Hayes said the compact also allows for diversions for industrial and commercial users.  The state Department of Natural Resources had earlier approved Racine’s plan for the water.