Recently, the Clean Power Coalition raised nearly $2000 to buy seven real-time PurpleAir monitors to be installed in homes within a 3-mile radius of the Oak Creek power plant. Families who live near the We Energies’ plants have been expressing concerns for years about exposure to coal dust and associated negative health impacts.
We Energies currently operates a single air monitoring station southwest of the plant; the results of the monitor are published only once a month. The newly installed PurpleAir monitors are intended to deliver faster and more accurate readings of particle pollution near residents’ homes.
We are so excited utilize independent monitors in order to check We Engergies’ data. With more thorough measurements of coal dust, we hope to assess whether We Energies’ coal dust solutions are valid and how overall air quality is being affected by the plant. We will use results from the air monitors to provide direction for further action, which may include additional, more rigorous testing.
Here is the link to the PurpleAir Map with real-time data.