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Danielle Bailey-Lash does not smoke or drink but was diagnosed with a Stage 3 brain tumor at age 35. She worries that the pollution from Duke Energy's Belews Creeks coal-fired power plant near her home in Stokes County, North Carolina, was behind her illness and the unusual number of cancers in her neighbors — a connection that the state has tried to dismiss with a flawed cancer-cluster study. (Image is a still from this Appalachian Voices video about illnesses near the Belews Creek plant.)