We Energies now has an air monitoring station operating near the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant and has started a website where residents can see the amount of particulate matter in the area.

Coal, coal dust and fly ash particles have been known to contribute to a number of diseases including: Heart disease, certain types of cancers, respiratory diseases, and strokes, according to Alan H. Lockwood, who wrote a report titled Coals Assault On Human Health.

The air monitoring station was installed in January, but the data is now just coming in that measures particulate matter in the air. We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said the data started being collected in Jan. 14 and the utility intends to post monthly reports.

Click on the link to see the We Energies January 2016 Monthly Ambient Monitoring Report.

Some neighbors living near the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant had their homes tested and some came back positive for the presence of coal-like particles inside their homes. The presence of coal dust and fly ash is at the center of those neighbors claiming the power plant is making them sick. We Energies has denied the neighbors claims saying that the size of the particles found inside the neighbors’ homes is too large to cause health problems for residents.

Residents can also find future air monitoring data on the utility’s website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.