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— Dairyland Power Cooperative has completed its initial evaluations of three possible sites for coal ash dumps in Vernon County and has submitted them to the Department of Natural Resources for review.
In its fall newsletter, which customers and others received last week, Dairyland reported that three sites — two in the town of Harmony and one next to the existing Vernon County landfill site outside Viroqua — were included in the submission to the DNR.
The newsletter also reported, “While Dairyland continues to aggressively seek solutions for beneficial reuse of the ash, a disposal facility will still be necessary.”
So, the bottom line is Dairyland plans to continue to pursue dumping coal ash from its Genoa power plant somewhere in Vernon County, despite widespread public opposition.
See more on Dairyland’s options in a new column from Gregg Hoffmann:
— Kurt Bauer, president of the Wisconsin Bankers Association, said in an interview broadcast this weekend that Wisconsin banks are in good shape compared to their peers nationally.
“They are coming off record profits so that they were well-suited to weather the downturn that we’re seeing now,” Bauer said.
Watch the entire interview: http://www.wisn.com/upfront/17756488/detail.html
— Two companies notified the state on Friday that they’d be laying off a combined total of more than 500 workers.
LEAR Corp. in Janesville, provided about the permanent layoff of 371 workers beginning Dec. 23.
SPX in Lake Mills, provided notice about the permanent layoff of 169 workers at that location over a 7-month period beginning Dec. 18. The facility is expected to close.
— Wisconsin Public Service Commission staff on Friday set public hearings for a proposed Northern States Power Company transmission line and substation upgrade near Eau Claire at Gravel Island.
Technical and public hearings will be held in the NSP service area near Eau Claire on Jan. 26. Staff set a December 8 deadline for NSP written testimony, and a Dec. 15 deadline for PSC staff reports on the project. Rebuttals will take place in Madison at PSC headquarters on Jan. 9 prior to public hearings.
Depending on the route chosen based on public testimony during the public hearing and PSC staff recommendations, the cost of the project ranges from $33.8 million to $34.6 million. Once approved, construction will begin in 2009 and be completed in three phases by late 2011.
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M&I might apply for federal bailout : Marshall & Illsley Corp. is considering applying for the federal bank bailout program, the company told shareholders Friday. The Milwaukee firm, the largest bank based in Wisconsin, has been burdened by problem loans tied to the troubled real estate sector, especially in Arizona. M&I posted a profit in the third quarter, but earnings were down 62% from a year earlier.
159 will lose jobs in Lake Mills plant closing : What for years had been the largest employer in Lake Mills will soon close its doors. The SPX Corp. filed notice with the state that it will close its APV North America plant on Dec. 31, eliminating 159 jobs from the western Jefferson County city of almost 5,400 people.
GM supplier Lear to close Janesville plant: Nearly 400 employees of Lear Corp. in Janesville are the latest casualties of General Motors’ decision to stop manufacturing sport utility vehicles in the Rock County community.
Modine building plant in Austria: Modine Manufacturing Co. said Friday that it is building a plant in Austria and establishing a new leadership team as part of its plans to grow its global refrigerant components business.
New law firm absorbs staff from shuttered Heller Ehrman: Two dozen employees of a national law firm that closed its Madison office have landed with a new firm. Seattle-based Perkins Coie announced Friday it was opening an office here using staff that had been with the local office of Heller Ehrman.
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