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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Judge tosses suit challenging We Energies biomass project

From an article by Tom Content in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

A Marathon County judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed this summer by opponents of the We Energies biomass power plant near Wausau.

The local group Save Our Air Resources and the Massachusetts-based Biomass Accountability Project had sued the state Department of Natural Resources challenging its approval of the project, which would burn wood waste and wood residues left over from logging operations.

The plant was proposed by We Energies along with the paper company Domtar, which will host the project at its Rothschild paper mill.

The $255 million project is needed to help We Energies comply with the state’s renewable energy target.

In a ruling Thursday, Marathon County Judge Michael Moran ruled in favor of the DNR that the lawsuit was filed late and by a lawyer

“It was filed late and it was filed by an out-of-state attorney,” Moran said, according to an audio recording posted online by the Wausau radio station WSAU.

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