In the Water: Film and Panel Chat
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What happens when contaminants from coal plants get into a community’s water--and into your body? Join us for a virtual screening of “In the Water,” an investigative documentary on Indiana’s coal ash ponds, with a live panel discussion to follow. We will discuss how to find out whether you live near one of Indiana’s many coal ash facilities--and what to do about it.
Indiana is one of the top 10 coal-producing states in the U.S. It also has the largest number of coal ash disposal sites in the country. Coal ash is the waste product of burning coal for electricity. It’s full of heavy metals and other toxic substances that have leached into the ground water of Indiana communities. In the Water follows the complex discussions around Indiana’s most traditional energy source. It speaks to everyone from the miners who dig coal from the ground, to environmental activists fighting for coal ash disposal legislation and clean water, to residents whose health has been affected by coal ash pollution. It also looks to the future, exploring possible alternative uses of coal ash and ways to improve the quality of water for Indiana citizens.
- Brittani Howell
Brittani plans events and makes connections for the Side Effects team. She graduated from Mercer University. Prior to WFYI, she was a lifestyle reporter and editor in southern Georgia and the education reporter for the Herald-Times in Bloomington, Ind. Environmental health is one of her top interests.
- Rebecca Thiele
Rebecca Thiele covers statewide environment and energy issues at WFIU in Bloomington. Before that, she worked for WMUK Radio in Kalamazoo, Michigan on the arts and environment beats. Thiele was born in St. Louis and is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.
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