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Wausau planing commission hearings cancelled

The permit process to decommission the Wausau facility site has come to a halt, as the company looking to demolish the site still has a lot of information due to the city.

Redford, Mich.-based Renu Recycling turned in an application for an interim use permit late last week in regard to decommissioning part or all of the Wausau facility.

Per recently-adopted policy, a public hearing must first be held at the Brainerd Planning Commission, where officials can question the proposed process and find out just what the company has planned in any decommissioning process. The planning commission then makes a recommendation to the full city council for final approval.

The hearings were cancelled because a lot of information was missing from the company, said Brainerd City Planner Mark Ostgarden.

Information still needed includes: a detailed description of the decommissioning process, specifics on traffic patterns and the stock pile location, and what exactly they are proposing to demolish.

Ostgarden says he’s not sure when the hearings will be rescheduled.

Both the planning commission and city council held a joint tour of the 400,000-square-foot facility Thursday to better grasp what would need to be addressed during a demolition.

There is basement beneath 70 percent of the area, as well as four separate warehouses. Today, the site sits full of valuable machinery.

During operation, the plant pushed out an average of 182,000 tons of paper a year.

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