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Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman

Charlotte, NC
Freelance Journalist — Freelance
Covers:  environmental health, environmental issues, essay, charlotte, backyard gardening, local food, profiles, coal, antibiotics and hormones in food, organic food, coal ash, sustainability
Doesn't Cover: product launches, industrial agriculture
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Government oversight remains 'grossly inadequate' in coal-ash waste control clclt.com

Government oversight remains 'grossly inadequate' in coal-ash waste control

On Sept. 14, 2010, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency came to Charlotte to hold one of eight national hearings on coal ash -- the toxic stuff left behind after power plants burn coal. With more than 450,000 public comments to sort through, and a Congress bent on shackling the agency's authority, the EPA has yet to finalize its decision, leaving coal-ash controls to the states. That's not good enough for the activist organizations Earthjustice, the Environmental Integrity Project and the Appalachian Center for the Economy and the Environment. According to a recent report from those groups, "State of Failure," most states' oversight of coal ash is "grossly inadequate."