Green Bay could pay $2.5M to settle suit on waste-to-energy plant

Site of the proposed Oneida Seven Generations Corporation waste-to-energy plant in Green Bay (file photo).

GREEN BAY (WLUK) – The city of Green Bay would pay $2.5 million to settle a federal lawsuit regarding a waste-to-energy plant project that was never completed.

The City Council approved the project in 2010, but then withdrew that approval after construction had started. Oneida Seven Generations Corporation (OSGC) then sued and won a decision in state court, but did not pursue the plant. OSGC then sued in federal court, lost, and its appeal is still pending. This deal would settle that suit.

The City Council’s Finance Committee is expected to discuss the settlement proposal at its Tuesday meeting, according to the agenda. And then the full City Council would have to approve the deal.

Once the payment has been made, the lawsuit would be dismissed, according to the five-page settlement agreement obtained by FOX 11.

Mayor Jim Schmitt, OSGC. managing agent Pete King, and John Breuninger of Green Bay Renewable Energy signed the document last month.

OSGC released this statement Monday afternoon:

Earlier this year, Oneida Seven Generations Corporation (OSGC) entered into a court-ordered mediation process with the City of Green Bay.
We are pleased to share that, as a result of that process, we reached a settlement with the City that provides OSGC with $2.5 million toward the losses it incurred as a result of the City’s decision to revoke the Conditional Use Permit for the planned waste-to-energy facility.
While we believe building the facility would have brought significant benefit to the community, we are pleased to have reached an agreement with the City that enables both parties to move on.
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