Valley Power Plant to Switch to Natural Gas
Milwaukee Riverkeeper, together with the Cleaner Valley Coalition, a committed group of community, environmental, heath, civil rights, and faith organizations, received good news this past Friday (August 17). We Energies announced its plans to end burning of dirty coal at its Valley Power Plant, converting to natural gas by 2016. Serious health problems, responsible for $280 million in health care costs per year, such as high rates of asthma attacks, heart attacks, and strokes have been linked to the plant's lack of adequate pollution controls. The people have made their concerns known, and their work will pay off with cleaner air for all to breathe in Milwaukee.
This move is undoubtedly a huge step not only for cleaner air, but also for cleaner water and healthier communities, with less toxins and heavy metals like mercury getting in our air, water, and fish.
Read the Cleaner Valley Coalition's press release, commending We Energies' decision here.