U.S. Commission on Civil Rights: Rhiannon Fionn’s Testimony + How You Can Comment

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On Fri., Feb. 5, 2016, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is hosting a briefing as it examines the nexus of coal ash waste and environmental justice. Rhiannon Fionn, the producer of “Coal Ash Chronicles,” was invited to testify as an independent journalist, filmmaker, and author who has covered coal ash issues since 2009. Her written and oral testimony is linked below.

You might also be interested in the briefing materials the USCCR has published online. And you can follow along with the briefing as Rhiannon live-tweets via @coal_ash using the #coalash hashtag.

You, too, can let the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights what you think about the nexus of coal ash waste and environmental justice. The deadline for public comments is March 17, 2016. You may email your comments to publiccomments@usccr.gov or send written correspondence to: U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20425.


Voices From The Community Jan 14th: Coal Ash 101

Originally posted by Bridget B. on Voices from the Community.

Rhiannon Fionn by Grant Baldwin
After reading the title of this post, you probably have the same questions that I have. What is Coal Ash and why should I care? On Thursday, January 14th, during my show Voices From The Community, I will be joined by Rhiannon “Coal Ash Queen” Fionn. Given her extensive knowledge of this issue, I’ve asked her to take us through a Coal Ash 101 session of sorts to answer these and other questions that are on my mind.

Rhiannon Fionn has been researching and writing about coal ash waste since the summer of 2009 when the EPA released its list of high-hazard coal ash pits. At the time, she was a freelance reporter for The Mountain Island Monitor and a particular coal ash story landed in her lap. Fresh out of college – UNC Charlotte – where she majored in Communication Studies/ Mass Media and minored in Journalism, the story and others like it motivated her to sharpen her skills as an environmental, investigative and/or civic journalist, if you were to categorize her work. Rhiannon says her work “is really about doing what’s right with the skills and knowledge that I have…” Now, Rhiannon spends time traveling the country documenting stories from all sides of the coal ash issue and shares them here on Coal Ash Chronicles.

Join me for this Coal Ash 101 session on Thursday.

Voices From The Community, hosted by Bridget B., airs Monday through Friday from 2pm to 5pm via CharlotteCommunityRadio.org or CLTCRadio.org. Feel free to ask a question of our hosts and/or guests while you listen via Mixlr.com/CLTCRadio.


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