Greening Greater Racine has collaborated with the Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin to support best management practices and incorporate green technology for industries. The information below was taken from the Clean Power Coalition website. To be directed to their site, click HERE.
Clean Power Coalition Mission Statement
The Clean Power Coalition of Southeast Wisconsin will educate the public about the dangers of burning coal on the health of those who live and work in the vicinity of WE Energies’ South Oak Creek and Elm Road Power Plants. How we choose to generate electricity has consequences that reach far beyond the return on shareholder investment, affecting everything from public health to a stable climate. When air, water, and soil are polluted, health and life are put at risk.
The Clean Power Coalition – Southeast Wisconsin will promote public debate about the appropriate source of energy for Southeastern Wisconsin. At the same time, the coalition urges WE Energies to:
PurpleAir Monitors are here!
The Clean Power Coalition, in collaboration with Greening Greater Racine, recently raised about $2,000 to purchase PurpleAir monitors to be installed in the vicinity of the We Energies power plant. We are excited to utilize independent monitors to collect data on particulate matter in the Oak Creek area; this will helpl us determine if We Energies is properly controlling levels of coal dust and other particulate pollution in the community. To learn more, visit the coalition's webpage detailing the new air monitors! Click here to see the PurpleAir map.
Coal Ash in Water: A Toxic Mess
On October 31st, 2011, We Energies spilled coal ash and other debris into Lake Michigan after a bluff collapsed at their facility. Coal ash, the burned byproduct of coal, is extremely toxic and contains concentrated amounts of arsenic, mercury, and lead. Coal poses a threat to water in a number of ways. Yet, despite the risks, the DNR has allowed We Energies to operate with an expired water permit for nearly a decade. We Energies' current water permit expired back in 2010. CPC is urging the DNR to move quickly to issue an updated draft permit and schedule a hearing for public input. Stay tuned for further details and updates!
Coal Train Tracking
We're working to recruit people who live near the coal train tracks to keep track of when they see coal trains passing through. This tracking will supplement our air monitor data. We need your help! If you see a coal train, report it here. We’ll also be knocking doors in November along the coal train route in Racine. Email email@example.com to get involved in that effort!
Coalition Tells EPA: Protect People, Not Coal
On October 1st, several members of the coalition, including Sister Janet Weyker of Greening Greater Racine, took a bus down to the Chicago EPA headquarters to testify against the Trump administration’s proposed “ACE” rule, which would roll back existing requirements to reduce carbon pollution from coal plants. An EPA analysis showed that the pollutants given off from the ACE rule could lead to as many as 1,400 premature deaths per year by 2030 and 15,000 cases of upper-respiratory problems. Read more here.