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Coal Ash Update

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Appalachian Voices

Wednesday, October 21

The February 2014 spill of coal ash from a pond at Duke Energy’s Dan River plant in Eden brought attention to a festering problem:  the tons of coal ash being stored around the state.  The spill opened eyes about how vulnerable these storage ponds can be.  Duke is involved in a cleanup, fines have been levied, laws changed and the public has learned more about this substance and how it could affect them.  We get an update.

Guests

Garry Miller -  Duke Energy’s senior vice president for ash-basin closure engineering. 

 Bruce Henderson -  environmental reporter for The Charlotte Observer.

Sam Perkins - CatawbaRiverkeeper, with the The Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

Rhiannon Fionn -independent journalist and filmmaker in Charlotte and creator of The Coal Ash Chronicles, a documentary project and forthcoming film examining coal ash and its effects.