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Green Bay rescinds permit for waste to energy facility


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Residents of the Mather Heights Neighborhood got a big win Tuesday night.

The Green Bay City Council rescinded a permit for a waste to energy facility. 

The vote was 7-5 and is based on false statements and misrepresentations from the developer, Oneida Seven Generations Corp. during the run-up for approval in March of 2011. 

The city council voted in the spring to take a second look at the conditional use permit (CUP).

Residents dug deeper into the project that bakes trash and produces energy from the gases it produces.  Residents and environmental groups accused OSG of making false statements about no emissions and no smokestacks and other facts at the Plan Committee and the city council last March.

OSG CEO Kevin Cornelius had no comment immediately after vote, but released a prepared statement on Tuesday. Cornelius says they are in the process of evaluating their options, but it remains their intent to build the waste to energy facility.  Cornelius says they are obviously disappointed and do not agree with the council's decision.  Cornelius says the city has a process, and they followed it every step of the way. Cornelius goes on to say they never mislead anyone nor lied about this project. 

Attorneys for OSG have hinted at a possible lawsuit if the CUP was rescinded. 

Mayor Jim Schmitt has the power to veto the resolution, but says he will confer with the city attorney before making that decision. 

Schmitt says the council would need eight votes, one more than Tuesday night’s vote to override a veto. 

Schmitt is a supporter of the project and pitched Green Bay as a site after it failed in Oneida, Hobart and Ashwaubenon. 

The site location is 1230 Hurlbut Street on the city’s Westside near the bay.