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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
Doesn't Cover: product launches, industrial agriculture
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World Water Day spotlights coal-ash contamination in local ponds, rivers clclt.com

World Water Day spotlights coal-ash contamination in local ponds, rivers

On Sept. 14, 2010, two women entered a public hearing on coal ash in Charlotte bearing stories and gifts they made for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As the women offered their gifts - one a jar of water and another some homemade ginger-cinnamon syrup - the EPA staffers recoiled. Anne Pringle, from South Carolina, and Elisa Young, from Ohio, didn't know each other before the EPA's coal-ash hearing, one of only eight held throughout the country ever. But their stories are similar. They live near coal-ash disposal sites, the people in their communities are sick, and they're worried about the water they bathe in and put on their gardens and into their family's mouths.