In Michigan, it’s Nestle.
In Wisconsin, the giant corporation implicated in a Great Lakes water withdrawal controversy is Taiwanese electronics manufacturing company Foxconn Technology Group.
Part of the controversy comes from what was initially a $10 billion investment, a Gen 10 factory and 13,000 jobs but is now 1,500 jobs and a Gen 6 factory.
In April 2018, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources approved a water diversion application to Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, where Foxconn’s promised facility is being built.
The approval was challenged by a number of Wisconsin- and Minnesota-based environmental groups, but in June, a Wisconsin judge upheld the approval, which allows up to 7 million gallons per day to be diverted from Lake Michigan to Mount Pleasant for Foxconn’s use.
Featured Image: Foxconn Pardubice, courtesy of Nadkachna
- ‘Blight’ declaration for Foxconn one of the largest ever seen, experts say
- More homes in the crosshairs as Foxconn-related road projects proceed
- Property owners near Foxconn say they were misled. Now their homes are gone.
- Foxconn: Mount Pleasant Manufacturing Plant Will Be Operational By 2020
- Comparing Wisconsin’s Foxconn Incentive Package To New York And Virginia’s Amazon Deal
Unsure about the context? Catch up on the history of the situation with Great Lakes Now’s previous coverage.
- Will Foxconn’s flip flopping draw scrutiny from Great Lakes region?
- Great Lakes opportunities, obstacles await new governors in Michigan and Wisconsin
- Success, regional conflict mark decade of the Great Lakes Compact
- Foxconn diversion challenge: environmental groups face long odds
- Rush job for Foxconn Lake Michigan Diversion
Also, watch Great Lakes Now’s documentary, “Tapping the Great Lakes,” to learn more about Great Lakes water withdrawal and the impact of it on the Great Lakes.