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Letter to the Editor: Coal Plant Retirements

By S. Janet Weyker The burning of fossil fuel is a leading contributor to climate change and poor air quality.  Last week’s announcement that the U.S. will rejoin the Paris Climate Accord was good news for the environment. However, a report just released by the Sierra Club noted that 75% of the U.S.’s most coal-dependent […]

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Letter to the Editor: We Energies’ Unfinished Business

By Carl Lindner Two years ago, almost to the day, a dozen or so members of the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin gathered in Ziegler Park, across from We Energies’ headquarters. They were there to protest the pollution and health hazards caused by the two large coal-burning plants in Oak Creek.  Since 2017 the […]

Posted inCommunity, Public Notices

Public Notice on WE Energies’ Oak Creek Plant (Effective October 2019)

STATE OF WISCONSIN DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES NOTICE OF FINAL DETERMINATION TO REISSUE A WISCONSIN POLLUTANT DISCHARGE ELIMINATION SYSTEM (WPDES) PERMIT No. WI-0000914-08-0 Permittee: Wisconsin Electric Power Co Oak Cr Plnt Elm R, 11060 S. Chicago Road, Oak Creek, WI, 53201 Facility Where Discharge Occurs: Wisconsin Electric Power Co Oak Cr Plnt Elm , 11060 […]

Posted inCommunity, Opinion

Opinion: We Energies neighbors continue to suffer from exposure to coal dust

On March 4, a thick layer of coal dust blanketed Oak Creek homes, cars, and a neighborhood playground. On April 10 a letter went out from Thomas Metcalfe, Executive Vice President for We Energies, identifying “long-term strategies” to deal with the problem, including “Planting more trees for screening” and “Constructing a wind barrier either partially or fully […]

Posted inBreaking, Environment, Local news

We Energies neighbors continue lodging complaints, utility officials promise change

Still fed up with the lack of attention to their concerns, more neighbors around the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant lodged complaints against the utility. At a public listening session held Wednesday at the Oak Creek Public Library, neighbors voiced concerns about train noise, dust, health issues and the impact on their property values. […]

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Editorial: Better leadership needed around We Energies issues

We Energies has bought 30 homes and will likely buy more properties for its expansion of a buffer zone around the Oak Creek Power Plant. The Caledonia Village Board, state Legislators, and We Energies officials need to demonstrate better leadership and communication on the issue of its impact on nearby neighbors’ health and on their property […]

Posted inEnvironment, Local news

DHS Omits Key Details In Letter To We Energies Neighbors

For years, residents who live near the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant have looked at the coal-based facility as the source of their health issues. This spring, they were told it was unlikely. In May, residents who filed a grievance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services in November 2015 received a letter from […]

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Editorial: We Energies Coal Issue A Community Communication Problem

[avatar user=”denise” size=”thumbnail” align=”left” link=”file” /] Let me start this editorial by saying that I’m not a scientist and I certainly don’t pretend to be one. I’m a journalist who has questions about what’s going on around the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant. And I don’t think we can even start to come up […]

Posted inBreaking, Business, Community, Government

We Energies Buys First Home From Mediation Group For $350,000

Click on the pins to see more information. Caledonia — We Energies has purchased the first home from a member of the mediation group that raised concerns about the impact of living near the Oak Creek Power Plant. Last week Tim Hupp and his wife Susan Hupp sold their home at 7832 Douglas Avenue to […]

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