Today, many farmers continue to store the waste in open pits despite the millions of dollars in private investment spent and years of research and political promises. The practice grows more hazardous with each hurricane that pounds the state.
NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA —The full extent of Hurricane Florence's environmental damage isn't yet known in North Carolina, where waste from factory farms, coal ash, and other pollutants are contaminating floodwaters still on the rise after the largest East Coast deluge north of Florida in history.
Flooding from Hurricane Florence is causing spills at hog farms and coal ash ponds in North Carolina, and stranded workers at a nuclear power plant. NC rivers with historic flooding include the Neuse and Cape Fear.