Ashes to Ashes

Kaitlin McMurry | 2018 | 16 min.

2019 Official Selection

A small community in Northeast Alabama. A mayor whose town sits on the river’s banks. A businessman in the Mobile Bay. All are impacted by coal ash, a pollution by-product of burning coal, in Alabama.

Billions of tons of ash are stored in unlined pits alongside our rivers and streams causing harmful pollution such as mercury, arsenic, and many other heavy metals to be dumped into waterways where we fish, swim, and drink. Ashes to Ashes tells the story of coal ash in Alabama and what you can do to call on the electric utility companies to become leaders by cleaning up the pollution they have created.


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