The Rules For Great Lakes Water And Foxconn's Thirsty Operations
Wisconsin legislators have proposed carving out broad environmental exemptions for a proposed Foxconn factory. An incentives bill currently working its way through the legislature would streamline how the state applies the Great Lakes Compact if the facility decides to use water from Lake Michigan. Given the thirsty nature of LCD fabrication, southeastern Wisconsin is an attractive area for Foxconn to build a factory with access to water in mind.
In an Aug. 11, 2017 interview on Wisconsin Public Television's Here & Now, WisContext associate editor Scott Gordon discussed the role of water in electronics manufacturing and the legal systems that govern how people use Great Lakes water.