Quicker than Coal Ash

Words and Photographs by Will Warasila

Photographer Will Warasila spent a year and a half getting to know the residents, the landscapes, and the structures of energy and power of Walnut Cove—where toxic coal ash is stored.

“Bitterness will kill you quicker than coal ash.”


The people of Walnut Cove, North Carolina live in the shadow of Duke Energy’s Belews Creek Steam Station, where toxic coal ash is kept in a massive unlined storage pond, and toxins are pumped into the air, water, and soil.


Now, as America grapples with the contradictions of staking financial dependence on damaging industries, Quick Than Coal Ash confronts these issues with a steady gaze, and a lyrical view into the things we hold most dear: family, health, and home.

Quicker than Coal Ash was published by Gnomic Book

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