Sunday April 29, 2018

Foxconn Will Drain Lake Michigan to Make LCD Screens

Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources has triggered environmentalists after approving a plan that will allow Foxconn to drain 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan to produce LCD screens. While some portion of that water will be returned to the lake (the rest will be gone due to evaporation), some fear that it will be contaminated with metal particles.

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Environmentalists are also concerned that the decision will set a new precedent allowing the fresh water to be used for predominantly commercial purposes, instead of as drinking water. "If we allow this to happen, it’s going to happen all over the basin, with other states and then it’s going to be the thirsty states and nations to come," said Jennifer Giegerich, the government affairs director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters.