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Small Farmers are supporting our communities, let’s return the favor


By Haw Riverkeeper, Emily Sutton. Originally published by Haw River Assembly, republished with permission. Sustainable farmers are not taking days off...

DEQ Report Shows N.C. Must Do More to Protect Communities Near Industrial Hog Operations


Civil Rights Complainants Say New Report Shows Where State Protections Continue to Fall Short North Carolina acknowledges it must do more to remedy the...

Court Allows Slaughterhouse Pollution Lawsuit to Move Forward


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit ruled on Wednesday that a lawsuit can proceed challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s failure...

Your grocery store may be crowded, but your local farm has plenty of room for you


At a time when grocery shopping may seem daunting, supporting your local farmers by buying directly from their farms, or shopping at farmers markets, can...

Gas from hog waste isn’t clean energy


The “fix” $15 billion Smithfield Foods is proposing for its hog waste pollution problem — turning hog waste into biogas — isn’t a fix at all. ...

Tell NC’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board: Waste from Industrial Pork and Poultry Hurts People


The nearly 10 billion gallons of waste hogs in North Carolina produce each year taints our clean water, stinks up our fresh air, and hurts our people —...

Would N.C.’s Hog Operations Treat Neighbors Better if there were McMansions Next Door?


J. Harvie Wilkinson III, a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, looked at his crowded courtroom, and spoke from the heart. “If...

North Carolina is No. 1 in a Dangerous Pollution Category


North Carolina is the top state in a category that poses a hazard to our soil, our air, and our water. Thanks to the expansion of intensive hog, chicken,...

Smithfield’s biogas plans won’t solve swine waste pollution problems


North Carolina is jumping in — quickly — and with a blessing from the state utilities agency, to a mass experiment of capturing gas from swine waste...

How Big Poultry in North Carolina Became a Pollution Threat


Chickens used to peck around the farm, but most now live in crowded barns where they never see the light of day—let alone a grub scratched from the dirt. ...

Old MacDonald Doesn’t Have a Farm Anymore


Your bacon most likely comes from a pig who lived in more crowded conditions than a broke 22-year-old in New York City. The reasons why tell a story that’s...

Public Interest Groups Sue EPA to Curb Slaughterhouse Pollution


EPA’s Decision Not to Update Pollution Standards Allows Slaughterhouses to Continue Discharging Unhealthy Amounts of Pollution into the Nation’s Waterways...

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N.C.’s Poultry Waste Threat Growing by 18.16 Million birds Since Florence


North Carolina’s unregulated poultry industry added enough barns in the year since Hurricane Florence to house at least 18.165 million more birds at...

N.C. Takes Step to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River


North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission today granted a petition from environmental groups to remove the “swamp waters” classification...

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Tell N.C. to Take Action on Environmental Justice


Everyone should be able to cultivate a garden, open her windows, or join a church picnic on a sunny day.  For the neighbors of North Carolina’s industrial...

Groups Launch Legal Action to Protect Waterways from Slaughterhouse Pollution


Conservation groups today filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for failing to update slaughterhouse wastewater...

Lawsuit Challenges Trump Administration Decision to Exempt Factory Farms From Reporting Hazardous Air Pollution


Community and conservation groups sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today for overstepping its authority in exempting factory farms from pollution-reporting...

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Community, Environmental Groups File Constitutional Challenge to Laws Limiting Individual Property Rights


North Carolina environmental and community groups today filed a constitutional challenge to state laws limiting nuisance suits against industrial hog operations,...

Hog Operations Can Follow N.C. Laws and Still Be Liable for Nuisance


Following North Carolina’s minimal laws governing the disposal of hog waste generated from the state’s factory meat operations does not insulate a...

North Carolina Riverkeepers Respond to Swine Waste Management General Permit


North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality released the state’s Swine Waste Management General Permit today, which governs disposal of the...

North Carolina Waterkeepers Mobilize Communities Against Hog Waste


How can a state manage 9.5 billion gallons of hog waste each year? That’s the question North Carolina has been grappling with for more than 20 years....

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With Groundbreaking Title VI Settlement Signed, North Carolina Environmental Justice Organizations Vow to Continue Their Fight


North Carolina environmental justice groups announced today that they reached a settlement agreement with the North Carolina Department of Environmental...

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Environmental Groups Reach Settlement with State Regarding Response to Citizen Complaints


Yesterday, Waterkeeper Alliance, Cape Fear River Watch and the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network (NCEJN), represented by Elizabeth Haddix and...

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Waterkeeper Alliance | 2016 Annual Report


Thanks to your generous support, Waterkeeper Alliance had a remarkable fiscal year. As of June 30, 2016, Waterkeeper Alliance had 292 Member and Affiliate...

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Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Riverkeepers Launch “The True Cost of Industrial Meat Production” Environmental Justice Video Campaign


Series captures environmental injustices perpetrated by the pork industry against North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations NEW YORK, NY — Waterkeeper...

Statement on Proposed Farm Bill


Waterkeeper Alliance Statement on Proposed Farm Bill Confidentiality of Records Legislation Updated July 29, 2014 Raleigh, N.C.—A provision contained...

Waterkeeper Alliance Applauds Judge Nickerson’s Decision to Reject Perdue Request For Legal Fees


Statement by Marc Yaggi, executive director for Waterkeeper Alliance, on today’s order by U.S. District Court Judge William M. Nickerson to Deny Perdue...