2010 March 25: WI Rothschild: Residents Concerned with Biomass Power Plant Proposal

2010 March 25: WI Rothschild: Residents Concerned with Biomass Power Plant Proposal
Rothschild citizens are meeting Thursday night to discuss concerns with a possible biomass power plant being built in the village. In September, Governor Jim Doyle unveiled plans by We Energies to build the plant on the Domtar paper mill site on Business 51.

Posted: 5:29 PM Mar 25, 2010
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Email Address: lhayes@wsaw.com


Biomass Plant Debate
Rothschild Residents Concerned About Plant
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Rothschild citizens are meeting Thursday night to discuss concerns with a possible biomass power plant being built in the village.

In September, Governor Jim Doyle unveiled plans by We Energies to build the plant on the Domtar paper mill site on Business 51.

But not everyone’s on board.

"There are many concerns that are priority to me. I can’t just name one," said Paul Schwantes.

Schwantes lives just a quarter mile from where the new bio-mass power plant may be built. But he’s hoping it won’t happen.

"Bottom line people in the community need to know the facts, the huge impact this biomass is going to impose," he said.

Schwantes says though air emissions will go down 30 percent overall, the percentage of particulate matter…which he says is harmful to our health…will go up.

Semi-truck traffic will increase, and quality of life will be compromised if the giant plant goes up, he adds.

But there are some benefits to consider.

According to We Energies, Rothschild will get shared revenues of up to $150,000 a year. And they project 400 construction jobs and 140 permanent plant jobs will be created.

"The village has made some suggestions and up to this point We Energies has addressed these in a favorable fashion," said Neal Torney, village president.

Torney says though there are always legitimate concerns when something of this magnitude takes place, so far the board is in favor.

Anyone interested in learning more can attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Rothschild Village Hall.

The State Public Service Commission has yet to approve We Energies’ request, and the village board will also have some control over the project.

They haven’t been asked to consider any motions yet.


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Posted by: kierian Location: wausau on Mar 25, 2010 at 06:18 PM

just like any good corrupt official: if it makes money, do it. this whole corporate world, which pretty much runs everything, is only interested in the big, fat almighty dollar. gotta love capitalism.

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