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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 ...


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New Map Details Extreme Rainfall and Risk of Flooding on Thousands of North Carolina’s Hog and Poultry Facilities

Analysis of Operations in and nearby Floodplains Reveals the Potential Inundations of Thousands of Waste Cesspools Holding Hundreds of Millions of Gallons of Manure and Urine Hurricane Florence’s torrential rains pelted parts of North Carolina that are home to more than 1,500 industrial animal operations with over 1,000 nearby waste storage cesspools. These operations have ...


A Fish Kill on Greenfield Lake

For more than a century, Greenfield Lake has been a popular recreation destination just a few miles from historic downtown Wilmington, NC. The 75-acre waterbody became a local hotspot shortly after the Tidewater Power Company extended its trolley lines in 1912. Recreational boating and fishing remain common activities at Greenfield Lake to this day. Born ...


Waterkeeper Calls for Stricter Coal Ash Storage Regulations in the Wake of North Carolina Spills

As the massive coal ash spill at Duke Energy’s L.V. Sutton Power Plant contaminates the still-rising Cape Fear River, Waterkeeper Alliance is calling for more stringent national and state regulations on coal ash, the top source of toxic water pollution in the country. “What concerns me most is that the Cape Fear River is projected ...


Waterkeepers Identify Multiple CAFO and Coal Ash Spills Following Hurricane Florence

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups across North Carolina have identified multiple releases of pollution from industrial animal operations and coal-fired power plants as a result of flooding from Hurricane Florence. Staff from Waterkeeper Alliance, Sound Rivers, Haw Riverkeeper, and French Broad Riverkeeper discovered multiple releases of coal ash from inundated ponds at Duke Energy’s H.F. ...


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Mapping Hurricane Florence

With rivers still rising in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, Catawba Riverkeeper Sam Perkins created this story map to give the public a sense of environmental hazards that might be vulnerable to flooding. The map includes locations of river flood gauges, coal-fired power plants, coal ash sites, rivers, the watersheds of local Waterkeeper groups, and concentrated ...


Cape Fear Riverkeeper Investigating Sutton Coal Ash Release

Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette is investigating a coal ash release of unknown size at Duke Energy’s Sutton Power Plant in Wilmington, NC. The release occurred when Hurricane Florence flood waters washed coal ash from a landfill near Lake Sutton. Although 2,000 cubic yards of material was displaced—enough to fill 150 dump trucks—Duke Energy officials ...


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Waterkeeper Alliance offering patrol opportunities in Florence impacted areas

Waterkeeper Alliance and Waterkeeper groups in the Carolinas are preparing to document the potentially devastating aftermath of Hurricane Florence. Waterkeepers will be monitoring conditions at coal ash pits, factory swine and poultry operations, and other pollution threats to the states’ waterways. Video and images will be available here. Hardest hit will likely be the Neuse, ...


Waterkeeper flyovers provide “before” images of N.C. coal ash ponds and animal waste cesspools

As Hurricane Florence threatens North Carolina and the southeastern U.S., Waterkeeper Alliance and North Carolina Waterkeeper groups are actively preparing to document the possible impacts of flooded coal ash ponds, industrial hog waste cesspools, and industrial poultry facilities on the state’s waterways. The organizations performed flyovers Wednesday to document pre-storm conditions at coal ash basins ...