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Molly Samuel


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.

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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A symbolic milestone this week on a major infrastructure and environmental project in Atlanta: The official groundbreaking on the Proctor Creek Greenway.

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The paved trail will eventually travel 7 miles along Proctor Creek, from neighborhoods near downtown to the Chattahoochee River. It’s the first project funded by the transportation sales tax that Atlanta voters approved last November.

Xinhua, Huang Shengang / Associated Press

The solar eclipse that’s sweeping across the country this coming Monday will be partially visible in Atlanta.

In places where there’s a total eclipse, including in northeast Georgia, the sun will be blocked by the moon completely. Here, there will be a little sliver of it peeking out, as the moon blocks nearly 98 percent of the sun.

Chris Carlson / Associated Press

The Trump administration is considering allowing offshore oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, including off the coast of Georgia.

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If this sounds a little familiar, it's because the Obama administration also considered opening up the Atlantic for drilling, then decided against it last year.