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Coal ash is the waste that remains when coal is burned. It is usually collected in a dump, known as a pond. North Carolina has more than 30 such sites in 14 different locations across the state. A pipe running under one of the ponds run by Duke Energy in Eden NC ruptured in February of 2014. The coal ash spilled, largely affecting the Dan River which flows into Virginia. The spill is the third largest of its kind in U.S. history.Many see potential complications because North Carolina's governor, Pat McCrory, worked for Duke Energy for 28 years.

Film Shows Coal Ash Effects Across Country

Collapsed House Near Kingston Spill


The coal ash spill in the Dan River earlier this year turned a public spotlight on the issue of coal ash disposal. The challenges around coal ash waste have existed in communities throughout the nation for decades.

Journalist and filmmaker Rhiannon Fionn has followed the story of coal ash across the country and her work, Coal Ash Chronicles, appears at screenings of four documentary films across the state this month as part of the Coal Ash Stories Tour sponsored by several environmental groups and Working Films.
Host Frank Stasio talks with Fionn about the history of coal ash disposal and the personal narratives of the communities with coal ash waste.

Coal Ash Chronicles extended trailer from Coal Ash Chronicles on Vimeo.

The films screen in Charlotte on Wednesday, June 18th at 7pm at Area 15 at 514 E. 15th Street 
and in the following locations on Thursday, June 19 at 7 pm: 

  • Asheville: Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 1 Edwin Place.
  • Greensboro: Central Library Nussbaum Room, 219 N. Church Street.
  • Raleigh: Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Raleigh, 3313 Wade Avenue.
  • Wilmington: Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess Street.
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