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Oneida Tribe wants lawsuit over waste-to-energy plant thrown out

CHICAGO (WTAQ) - The Oneida Indian tribe says it should not have to pay $400 million in connection with a stalled energy project in Green Bay.

The tribe has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit filed against the Oneidas in March by the firm of Generation Clean Fuels.

That company said it struck a partnership with the tribal-owned Oneida-Seven Generations Corporation for a proposed waste-to-energy recycling plant in Green Bay. The suit also said Generation Clean Fuels agreed to lease the plant's equipment.

The project came to a halt after Green Bay officials withdrew a permit for it.

The Oneidas said neither the tribe nor its Generations firm signed contracts with the Illinois-based clean fuel outfit. They said a tribal affiliate entered the deal without letting Oneida leaders know about it.

The company says it will respond in court soon. The case is being heard in Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)