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OSGC looking at new site for waste to energy facility on Oneida tribal land

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Rendered picture of Oneida Energy's gasification plant at 1230 Hurlbut Road, Green Bay, WI
Rendered picture of Oneida Energy's gasification plant at 1230 Hurlbut Road, Green Bay, WI

ONIEDA, WI (WTAQ) - The operators of a proposed waste to energy facility in Green Bay who had their conditional use permit revoked last year are now looking at new spot to build on Oneida tribal land. 

The Oneida Division of Land Management held a public hearing this week to hear comments on a request from Oneida Seven Generations Corporations to rezone land and for a conditional use permit in Oneida.

The Press-Gazette reports the project is different in scope and would only recycle plastic products versus the original waste to energy facility that would household trash.

The project is being reportedly called the Water Circle Project and will be located near the Little Bear Center off Water Circle Place and Highway 54.

The Oneida Land Commission will vote on rezoning the land and granting a conditional use permit at their February 11th meeting. 

The waste to energy project that was being built in Green Bay was estimated to be worth around more than $20 million. 

OSGC has attempted to build in three different spots that have not worked out; Howard, Ashwaubenon, and Green Bay. 

The city of Green Bay approved a conditional use permit, but pulled it more than 20 months later over misstatements about smoke stacks and emissions. 

OSGC sued, but a judge ruled against them. 

Lawyers stated during the hearing, that they would file another lawsuit seeking damages.  That figure is reported to be upwards of $5 million.  No word of a lawsuit is still being pursued. 

Calls to OSGC have not been returned in time for this story. 

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