We can stop the Nemadji Trail Energy Center
The Nemadji Trail Energy Center is a bad deal for Wisconsin.
This project, called the Nemadji Trail Energy Center, would contribute to a number of environmental issues that would impact the health and wellbeing of local residents and hinder statewide efforts to curb climate change.
This project would:
Climate scientists are clear: we need to significantly cut carbon emissions by 2030 to avoid the worst impacts from climate change. This plant would significantly hinder other efforts in Wisconsin to drastically cut carbon emissions.
Heavy rain events have caused major floods in the area in recent years. As these types of rain events are expected to become more prevalent with the rise in climate change, fewer wetlands could cause more damage to communities and Lake Superior’s shoreline.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has stated pumping this much water–billions of gallons over its lifetime–would cause serious harm to the groundwater aquifer, which homeowners and businesses rely on for their water supply.
Has this project been approved?
Yes. The Public Service Commission approved the construction permit for the gas plant by a 2-1 vote. While the Chair of the Commission had reservations about the environmental impacts of the project, it was approved anyway.
On February 28th, 2020, Clean Wisconsin and Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court asking for review of the Public Service Commission’s decision to approve construction of a large gas power plant proposed for a site in Superior, Wisconsin.
You can find the petition for review here.
But it’s not over yet.
You can help.
Give to support our legal work.
Legal challenges are expensive and take a lot of resources, from lawyer time and fees to expert testimony costs. Financial support from concerned residents like you is critical to helping us do this work in the courts to make sure our environment, communities and state are protected.
That’s why your gift during the Big Share on March 3 will directly support this legal challenge. You can help us raise the $25,000 we need to make sure our lawsuit to stop this gas plant can move forward. Plus, your gift will be matched dollar-for-dollar by our Board of Directors.
The environmental impacts, from a warming climate to local water concerns, would be felt by all Wisconsin residents. That’s why we feel it is important to take this legal stand.
Clean Wisconsin and the Sierra Club filed a lawsuit in Dane County Circuit Court on Friday asking for review of the Public Service Commission’s decision to approve construction of a large gas power plant proposed for a site in Superior, Wisconsin.
In this episode of the podcast, we go to the banks of the Nemadji River in Superior to talk with local residents and learn about what a proposed 625 megawatt gas plant could mean for the environment and the local community if it is built.
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