Oak Creek, WI — The Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin held a press conference announcing the results of independent testing that confirmed coal dust samples taken by the Environmental Accountability Group (EAG) and tested by Aspen Consulting, Inc. The black coal dust was found covering homes, cars, and even the playground in neighborhoods north of the Oak Creek and Elm Road Power Plants on Monday.
LINK TO TEST RESULTS
“This isn’t the first time this has happened. This is the first time they got caught. Coal dust blowing from the piles at these plants has been a problem for decades, and We Energies knows it. We want something done about it. We Energies won’t talk to us. The mayor won’t talk to us. We need help,” said Greg Millard a concerned local resident.
Coal dust contains toxic metals including lead, mercury, and arsenic. The health effects of inhalable particulate matter, include aggravation of asthma, respiratory symptoms, and an increase in hospital emissions, and increased mortality from cardiovascular and respiratory diseases and from lung cancer. There is no safe level of coal dust exposure.