Just two and a half weeks ago, U.S. Representative Gwen Moore was one of just 27 Democrats to vote in favor of H.R. 2273, the Coal Residuals Reuse and Management Act. That legislation, if signed into law, would have blocked regulations designed to protect Americans from unsafe storage of toxic coal ash.
Yesterday, on the southern end of Representative Moore’s congressional district in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the WE Energies Oak Creek Power Plant suffered a breach in a containment wall. As a result, a large amount of toxic coal ash containing heavy metals fell into Lake Michigan, fouling the waters that serve as a public resource for Gwen Moore’s constituents.
What is Gwen Moore telling the voters of Wisconsin’s 4th district tonight about why she voted to prevent tough standards for coal ash disposal from going into effect? She isn’t saying anything at all. Gwen Moore has issued no statement whatsoever on the Oak Creek toxic coal ash spill.