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DNR Report: We Energies Faces Fines From Bluff Collapse

DNR officials say not building a pond was a "significant factor" in bluff collapse, but We Energies says it addressed the issue in other ways.

We Energies didn't put a liner underneath a pond it constructed not far from where the bluff collapsed at the Oak Creek Power Plant last year, and not having it had a "significant impact" on the integrity of the area, according to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

Now, We Energies is facing potential fines. But company officials said they didn't think they a liner was required.

In a notice of violation issued by the DNR, We Energies received an exemption to expand their facility in 2008 and it promised to put in liners under ponds or channels that were built over waste areas. The company was expected to submit a plan if they put a liner in, but one was never put in and a plan was never submitted, according to the notice. Instead, the company removed and replaced it with other soil.

Officials with We Energies are expected to have a conference with DNR officials on March 7.

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mau March 02, 2012 at 09:11 PM
So the DNR did not approve the alternate plan that WeEnergy used? The DNR didn't know what was going on?
m d March 02, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Hey mau, READ the article. We Energies received an exemption to expand their facility in 2008 and it promised to put in liners under ponds or channels that were built over waste areas. THE POND WAS NOT BUILT OVER A WASTE AREA !
mau March 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
I guess I'm trying to say the DNR approved what the company did then, not putting in the liner. So if they approved it then, why backpedaling now?
rudi wendt March 04, 2012 at 01:33 AM
You know come to think of it.I believe they said a liner would go under that insane ASH HILL directly across the street from our now unbelievably harassed home.I don't remember any thing put there otherwise I would of tried to stop that stupid hill from being put there.In the notice that was sent to us I don't believe it said anything about it going in front of our home.

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