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Hog and Phony Show

By Jefferson Currie II, Lumber Riverkeeper, Winyah Rivers Alliance North Carolina’s Farm Bureau recently led tours of factory swine operations for both lawmakers and bloggers, which was ironic, given how hard the Farm Bureau fought against transparency requirements for those operations.  While the Farm Bureau appears eager to present a sterilized version of these operations ...


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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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 guidelines as required by the Clean Water Act. More than 8 billion chickens, 100 million hogs, and 30 million beef cattle are processed each year in more than 5,000 slaughterhouses across the country. ...


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 requirements essential to public safety, environmental health and animal welfare.  The lawsuit seeks to ensure that industrial-scale livestock and poultry operations report their toxic releases of ammonia and hydrogen sulfide as required by the ...


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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 ...


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. The state, officially, revisits the question every five years, when it renews the Swine Waste Management System General Permit. This permit governs how waste is managed at all ...