We Energies: Debris in Lake Michigan contains coal ash
MILWAUKEE- A We Energies spokeswoman says the debris that washed into Lake Michigan this week during a sudden landslide likely contains coal ash.
A section of cliff collapsed Monday at the power plant in the suburban Milwaukee city of Oak Creek. No one was hurt, but a swath of debris the size of a football field swept toward and into the water.
Spokeswoman Cathy Schulze says records of land use in the area suggest there was decades-old coal ash around. She said Tuesday she didn't immediately have further details on how much coal ash may have spilled.
Coal ash contains arsenic, selenium, lead and mercury in low concentrations.
The Sierra Club says Congress needs to stop interfering with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's efforts to strengthen coal-ash regulation.