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Wisconsin approves plan to clean up Chrysler plant

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.

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