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Plastic-Recycling Plant to Convert Energy to Electricity Moved to Oneida Land in Wisconsin

January 31, 2013

Oneida Seven Generations Corp. may build a new waste-to-energy recycling plant on the Oneida Tribe of Indians’ reservation in Outagamie County, Wisconsin. But the location is sparking some apprehension among tribal members who worry the industrial operation will have negative environmental effects on the “pristine” land, as Tribal Chairman Ed Delgado described it.

“It’s beautiful and it’s clean and it’s pure,” Delgado told of the plot of tribal land for the proposed operation. He added that he's not necessarily opposed to it. “I’m not saying I’m against it. I have questions about it.”

Oneida Seven Generations Corp. lost a court battle to start a site in Green Bay, so the tribal company turned to the reservation in the city of Oneida.

The proposed facility would strictly process plastic and convert the energy into electricity.



J.M.W. Abraham
Submitted by J.M.W. Abraham on

These power plants are a bad idea. A company tried to get my tribe to build one, lying about the safety of the burning of debris, the "profits" my tribe could reap, and the ability of the plants to "trap" harmful substances from being released into the atmosphere. The burning of plastics releases toxic dioxin into the atmosphere, where it accumulates at the North and South poles, falls back to Earth, and ends up in the foods of our Inupiaq brothers and sisters. The cost in locating and transporting PLASTIC TO BURN is greater than the potential profits that could be gained, leaving the tribe even more vulnerable to financial problems. BURNING PLASTIC is BAD! My dad told me that when I was 7 years old!