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Rhiannon Fionn-Bowman

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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
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Is coal ash poisoning Charlotte-area drinking water? clclt.com

Is coal ash poisoning Charlotte-area drinking water?

If you're like most people, you turn on lights and your collection of electronics without giving much thought to where electricity comes from or how it's created. And, until December 2008, when an earthen dam burst in Tennessee spewing more than one billion gallons of coal ash sludge into a river and across 300 acres of land, not many people thought about the waste generated by energy production either. "It was completely under the radar," says David Merryman, our Catawba Riverkeeper. Coal ash, most simply, is what remains after coal is burned to generate electricity; like burning wood in a fireplace, there's a little something left over after coal is incinerated.