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.