Before coal ash was more regulated, companies dumped tons of it in low areas of the Isthmus and elsewhere. Whether it has contaminated Madison’s water is unclear.
It’s not a good sign when even the dogs won’t drink your tap water. “They sniff it and then drink the bottled water we pour,” said Frank Michna of Caledonia, one of hundreds of southeastern Wisconsin residents whose wells are contaminated by pollutants that may be coming from buried coal ash.
The environmental advocacy group Clean Wisconsin alleges that coal ash “beneficial reuse” sites have contaminated hundreds of wells in southeastern Wisconsin with molybdenum, while the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources questions the group’s methodology.