Wisconsin residents worry about coal dust from power plant

Residents in southeast Wisconsin are concerned about how their health is being affected by black coal dust from a nearby power plant.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports that it takes about 12,000 tons of coal to power We Energies’ Oak Creek plant every day.

Nearby residents say coal dust is being blown from the piles outside the facility and into their neighborhoods.

Local doctor Michael Ganz says the dust may be contributing to asthma cases and breathing problems.

Tom Metcalfe is executive vice president of We Energies. He says workers will limit or stop work on outdoor coal piles when it’s windy. The company also plans to lower a coal pile and cover it with a temporary sealant.

An air monitor and new wind barrier may also be added to the plant.

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Information from: Wisconsin Public Radio, http://www.wpr.org

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