One of five of the megasites the MEDC is selling to multinational investors as "shovel ready," the Eagle Township megasites spans 1,400 acres of prime agricultural. and residential land, including the Dave Morris agricultural endowment.
The late local, beloved agricultural giant Dave Morris and his wife endowed roughly 1,300 acres in Eagle Township to Michigan State University in 2005, to be used for agricultural purposes for the next 25 years, with contingencies after that intended to support local agriculture. But early in 2023, MSU began to develop plans with local Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) to rezone and sell the endowment as a multi-plant heavy industrial tech facility–most likely semiconductor.
Locals who knew the Morris family know this is not what The Morrises would have wanted.
Despite being within a stone's throw of the Grand River and a critical part of the Lake Eerie watershed, LEAP has indicated no intention of performing environmental impact studies (EIS). They only promise to "follow all current" substandard regulations–regulations guided by the captured EGLE.
For signing non-disclosure agreements with LEAP, and for subverting the will of her local constituents by planning this megasite behind their backs.
In 2021, the average daily water intake of semiconductor plants worldwide was over 11 million gallons. According to scientific research, and to observations about existing semiconductor operations, these facilities can drain local water supplies, forcing communities to ship in water for municipal use.
Furthermore, the use of highly toxic and unremovable chemicals is concerning. According to the EPA:
“Semiconductor manufacturers use a variety of high GWP gases to create intricate circuitry patterns upon silicon wafers and to rapidly clean chemical vapor deposition (CVD) tool chambers. Semiconductor manufacturing processes use high GWP fluorinated compounds including perfluorocarbons (e.g., CF4, C2F6, C3F8 and c-C4F8), hydrofluorocarbons (CHF3, CH3F and CH2F2), nitrogen trifluoride (NF3) and sulfur hexafluoride (SF6). Semiconductor manufacturing processes also use fluorinated heat transfer fluids and nitrous oxide (N2O)...
It was historically assumed that the majority of these chemicals were consumed or transformed in the manufacturing process. It is now known that under normal operating conditions, anywhere between 10 to 80 percent of the fluorinated GHGs pass through the manufacturing tool chambers unreacted and are released into the air.”
The Michigan Economical Development Corporation (MEDC) recently held an open webinar with University of Michigan, Washtenaw Community College, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Delta College and Michigan Tech, along with two of Michigan's semiconductor manufacturers, KLA Global and SK Siltron CSS. The webinar was focused on these universities and colleges establishing or enhancing classes in the semiconductor industry. Their goal is to make Michigan a major contender in the Semiconductor industry, as clearly stated by The MEDC’s 2022-2023 Economic Development Guide.
“We are also developing an ecosystem of talent programs, including a dedicated Semiconductor Talent Action Team, and economic development tools, such as the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve fund, so that we can use to turbocharge the growth of the semiconductor supply chain in our state.” - Gov. Whitmer, p16
The MMIC, which the Lansing Economic Area Partnership (LEAP) and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) are attempting to sell to multinational corporations, is planned to be a multi-facility megasite spanning over 1,400 acres.
Michigan State University (MSU) and Lansing Community College are partners with LEAP on the MMIC, echoing the large MEDC funding Ferris State University in Big Rapids received in connection with the Gotion EV megasite.