The Day After: We Energies Bluff Collapse Roundup

The environmental impact of Monday's incident is still unknown.

5:15 p.m. updated with photos shot Tuesday by our friends at Fox 6.

One day after an embankment gave way at We Energies' power plant in Oak Creek, the effects of the collapse were still being sorted out.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, We Energies spokesman Brian Manthey said that making the area safe was a top priority. He also said a 1,500-foot boom was brought in to contain the debris that fell into the lake. It's still too early to tell what exactly caused the collapse, Manthey said.

Monday, the Journal Sentinel reported on the likelihood of coal ash being washed into the lake. Coal ash was used to fill the ravine area in that site during the 1950s, but it was a practice that was discontinued several decades ago, the newspaper reported.

We Energies posted in its blog that it's unlikely there will be any health impacts from the event.

WTMJ-TV reported that investigators from the state Department of Natural Resources and Occupational Safety and Health Administration returned to the scene as crews tried to contain debris and stabilize the area.

WISN spoke with a former employee and a current employee at the plant.


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