‘Beneficial reuse’ of coal ash could contaminate drinking water statewide
Frank Michna's dog, Sophie, refuses to drink water from the taps in his Caledonia home. Michna said the dog sniffs the tap water and then drinks instead from a bowl filled with bottled water. A study by the environmental advocacy group, Clean Wisconsin, linked pollution in Michna’s and hundreds of other wells to buried coal ash from the nearby We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant.

Frank Michna's dog, Sophie, refuses to drink water from the taps in his Caledonia home. Michna said the dog sniffs the tap water and then drinks instead from a bowl filled with bottled water. A study by the environmental advocacy group, Clean Wisconsin, linked pollution in Michna’s and hundreds of other wells to buried coal ash from the nearby We Energies Oak Creek Power Plant.

It’s not a good sign when even the dogs won’t drink your tap water.

“They sniff it and then drink the bottled water we pour,” said Frank Michna of Caledonia, one of hundreds of southeastern Wisconsin residents whose wells are contaminated by pollutants that may be coming from buried coal ash. | Read more ... 

Rachael Lallensack