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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 from 15 miles of the Lower Cape Fear flowing past Wilmington. The commission also directed the Division of Water Resources to develop a new management strategy for the Lower Cape Fear River. Waterkeeper Alliance and Cape Fear River Watch, ...


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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 hog operations — who are more likely to be African-American, Native American, or Latino than the rest of the state’s population — these simple pleasures are not always ...


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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, contending these laws violate due process and property rights under the state Constitution.     The suit, filed in Wake County, challenges House Bill 467 and Senate Bill 711, which passed over the governor’s vetoes ...


Hurricane Season: With No Changes on Industrial Farms, N.C.’s Not Ready

Crystal Coast Waterkeeper Larry Baldwin shot the photo below from a small plane over North Carolina on Sept. 17, 2018. Look closely to the right of the truck, and you’ll see a pump from an industrial hog operation that’s piping raw hog waste into floodwaters following Hurricane Florence. It’s a visual example of how $15 ...


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 company from nuisance liability or punitive damages, Waterkeeper Alliance stated in an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief filed Friday in the matter of McKiver, et. al v. Murphy-Brown, LLC. The case ...


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 ...