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How N.C. Can Handle Swine Waste Better

North Carolina is in the process of revising the permit that governs how 9.5 billion gallons of swine waste are handled at more than 2,000 industrial swine operations around the state. Waterkeeper Alliance and the Southern Environmental Law Center yesterday filed extensive comments with the state about how that waste management could be improved. There’s ...


Jury Finds for Smithfield Neighbors

A jury Wednesday found in favor of the neighbors of a North Carolina industrial hog operation, the fourth case in a row the industry in the state has lost. The operation, in Sampson County, is wholly owned by $15 billion Smithfield Foods. Plaintiffs in the case detailed noxious and sickening odor, “dead boxes” stuffed with ...


We have technology to manage hog waste better. We need to use it

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper’s Hurricane Florence Recovery Recommendations included $75 million to either buy out industrial animal operations in the 500-year floodplain or help them, in the words of the report, “convert to better technology.” The pork industry has been adamant that no such technology exists. But it does. Even after 36 open cesspools ...


Florence Flooded Poultry Operations with 1.8 Million Birds

NEW BERN, N.C. – The heavy rains and high waters after Hurricane Florence flooded 35 industrial poultry operations in North Carolina housing an estimated 1.8 million birds, according to a new investigation by Waterkeeper Alliance and the Environmental Working Group. The state estimates it spent $11 million disposing of dead poultry following the hurricane. The ...


Smithfield Foods’ “fix” won’t solve the biggest swine waste problems

At Waterkeeper Alliance, we’ve spent decades advocating for Smithfield Foods to improve its waste management. The company announced yesterday that it would invest in cesspool covers and digesters to convert swine waste to energy. This move fails to do what we’ve long demanded: Address the problems pools of swine waste cause for North Carolina’s air ...


North Carolina, we should have known better

One big lesson of Hurricane Florence: North Carolina has failed to learn from the recent past. As part of my job as an environmental lawyer at Waterkeeper Alliance, I look at a lot of post-hurricane photos of flooded cesspools the size of Olympic swimming pools at industrial swine operations. When I do, I always look ...