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Molly Samuel

Reporter

Molly Samuel joined WABE as a reporter in November 2014. Before coming on board, she was a science producer and reporter at KQED in San Francisco, where she won awards for her reporting on hydropower and on crude oil.

Molly was a fellow with the Middlebury Fellowships in Environmental Journalism and a journalist-in-residence at the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center.

She’s from Atlanta, has a degree in Ancient Greek from Oberlin College and is a co-founder of the record label True Panther Sounds.

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Atlanta’s Donald Glover is the first black director to win an Emmy for a comedy series. He won Sunday night for his show, "Atlanta." Glover also writes and stars in the show.

“First I want to thank the great algorithm that put us all here. I want to thank my parents that are in the audience, this is nuts,” he said in his acceptance speech.

Later in the night, Glover won another Emmy, for best actor in a comedy. In that speech, he thanked the city of Atlanta.

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Historically, Atlanta has struggled with managing all the rain from big storms. The water rushes into the sewers, overwhelming the system and causing flooding.

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In the past few years, one solution the city has emphasized is an approach known as green infrastructure.

So how’d that solution perform during Irma? It did well, according to the Department of Watershed Management.

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Georgia Power says it wants to keep building two nuclear reactors, even as the cost to complete them has doubled since the project was proposed.

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The future of the nuclear expansion at Plant Vogtle has been up in the air since Westinghouse, the lead construction contractor, went bankrupt earlier this year. A similar project in South Carolina was scrapped this summer after utilities decided it didn’t make economic sense to continue with it.

Melanie Furr / Atlanta Audubon Society

About 15 years ago, a developer in Buckhead illegally drained a wetland. It had been a spot in the forest at the end of a cul-de-sac with little streams and water collecting in pools, where fish, frogs and birds lived.

The trench the developer dug rerouted the creek and drained the water out of the woods.

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A concrete pipe below this coal ash impoundment failed, releasing between 50,000 and 82,000 tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of ash pond water waste into the Dan River.
Steven Alexander / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

A couple years ago, Georgia Power decided to close all 29 of its coal ash ponds around the state. The utility says it’s now finished excavating three ponds, including one in metro Atlanta, at Plant McDonough.

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Coal ash is a byproduct from burning coal for electricity that can contain toxic metals. There have been disastrous spills in other states, and in 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency rolled out its first regulations on storing coal ash.

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