People living in Oak Creek are taking matters into their own hands. They say they woke up this week to black dust covering their homes, and blame the power plant next door.
We Energies and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources are having the black dust tested to be certain it's coal. But residents did some testing of their own, and found that it's definitely coal dust.
Frustrated neighbors, some in respirator masks, held signs that read "Coal Blows" and "Breath is Life." They gathered at Haas Park, in the shadow of the We Energies Power Plant in Oak Creek.
"It's like we're all forgotten down here," said Greg Millard who lives nearby. "Sure, Oak Creek's got a lot of nice things going, Ikea, Town Center, but we got a coal problem, and we can't hide it no more."
"The particles are so small, the can travel for miles," said Bill Pringle. "They double the coal pile size and now we have this problem here again."
Pringle is a resident we've been following for years. He took a loss to sell his house near the power plant, because his family was having major health issues. Before he moved, We Energies did not find any coal dust inside his home. But Pringle says he did.