06 Nov '11, 9am

The Mess Near Milwaukee: Coal Ash Spills into Great Lakes and Underscores Political Folly in DC

The Mess Near Milwaukee: Coal Ash Spills into Great Lakes and Underscores Political Folly in DC

In case you missed it, an aging pile of toxic coal ash adjacent to a Wisconsin coal plant collapsed into Lake Michigan early Monday morning. Yeah, that’s the beloved lake that is a source of recreation and drinking water for millions and one of the few rallying issues left in our political lives that actually has bipartisan support. Monday, a bluff next to We Energy’s Oak Creek Power Plant collapsed sending dirt and coal ash barreling down to the Lake with enough force to topple structures and toss aside a pickup truck. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that a "fuel sheen” could be seen on the Lake. Bad news. Worse news is that, even though some described the incident as a “freak accident,” it was not. This was a preventable mess. My colleague Meleah Geertsma notes that Dr. Donald Reed of the Southeast Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission raised concerns about the ...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/hhenderson/the_mess_nea...

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