MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers have approved plans to clean up pollution at the site of the Chrysler engine plant in Kenosha.
Supporters said the plan could help transform the 100-acre site of the plant that is closing into a viable location for future economic development.
The plan calls for cleaning up a dozen areas on the site contaminated by leaking underground tanks that stored petroleum and other chemicals.
The Legislature’s budget committee on Thursday voted 11-3 to authorize the Department of Natural Resources to work with the city of Kenosha to begin the cleanup. The plan relies on $1 million in federal stimulus funds.
Opponents said the state should first try to get the money for cleanup from Chrysler during its bankruptcy proceedings.