In a bizarre concidence on the heels of an EPA update on hazardous coal ash ponds in the U.S.,
a coal ash dam a cliff wall on a coal ash pond a bluff wall containing backfilled coal ash in Wisconsin broke collapsed yesterday, spilling as yet unreported amounts of toxic coal ash into Lake Michigan.
A pickup truck and several construction trailers were pushed into the lake when a football-field sized section of cliff at the We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant in Oak Creek, Wis., gave way. According to the Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sentinel-Journal, the debris field stretched 120 yards long and up to 80 yards wide at the bottom. No one was hurt in the slide.
We Energies erected a boom and were scheduled to begin skimming fuel and floating debris from the surface of the lake this afternoon or early Wednesday.
According to an Associate Press story today, a We Energies spokeswoman said the landslide “likely contains coal ash.”
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