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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 nearly 9.5 billion gallons of hog waste generated each year at the state’s industrial swine operations. Waterkeeper Alliance, Lumber Riverkeeper, Cape Fear Riverkeeper, and Lower Neuse Riverkeeper released the following statements: “The additional transparency and ...


N.C. Coal Ash Victory: State-Level Peer Pressure

Catawba Riverkeeper Brandon Jones was standing before a packed gym of angry people in January, asking North Carolina’s Department of Environmental Quality a question almost everyone in the room wanted answered. How could it approve a plan for coal ash that Indiana had determined violated federal standards?   Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management had recently ...


Trump’s WOTUS Puts Cape Fear at Risk

Stocking Head Creek’s headwaters are a forest spring. Once this tributary to North Carolina’s Cape Fear River leaves that forest, however, its sources become considerably less pristine. Part of a watershed where 94,000 swine and 1.3 million broiler chickens live in confinement, Stocking Head swells with waters from small streams, ditches, and ditched streams that ...


New Investigation: Recent Explosion of Poultry Factory Farms in N.C. Piles Manure from 515.3M Chickens Onto Waste From 9.7M Hogs

As State Reviews Standards for Managing Hog Waste, It Must Take Little-Regulated Poultry Waste Into Account North Carolina, a state known for the devastating environmental and public health impacts of industrial-scale hog production, now has more than twice as many poultry factory farms as swine operations, according to a new investigation from the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper ...


Under the Radar

New Data Reveals N.C. Regulators Ignored Decade-Long Explosion of Poultry CAFOs By Soren Rundquist, EWG Director of Spatial Analysis and Don Carr, EWG Senior Advisor¹   Although North Carolinians’ attention has rightly been focused on the state’s dense concentration of factory swine farms – concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, which produce 10 billion gallons ...


Tell the Cooper Administration: Hold Industrial Hog Polluters Accountable

For decades, North Carolina has allowed industrial hog polluters to dump massive amounts of raw hog sewage in open pits, then regularly spray it onto nearby cropland. North Carolina’s hogs generate about 9.5 BILLION gallons of raw sewage every year — and there has been almost no transparency as to how this waste is handled. ...


We Say: Drop the “Swampwaters” Classification of the Lower Cape Fear

According to observable facts, the lower Cape Fear River isn’t a swamp. According to North Carolina’s Environmental Management Commission, however, it is. The Commission in 2015 reclassified a 15-mile stretch of the river flowing past Wilmington, from the segment upstream of Toomers Creek to the line across the river between Lilliput Creek and Snows Cut, ...


Waterkeeper Groups Petition N.C. to Remove “Swamp Waters” Classification from Lower Cape Fear River

Waterkeeper Alliance and Cape Fear River Watch, represented by the Southern Environmental Law Center, petitioned today to remove North Carolina’s “swamp waters” classification from 15 miles of the Lower Cape Fear River flowing past Wilmington. The change would begin a process to reduce upstream pollution in the state’s largest and most industrialized watershed, pollution that ...


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 ...