Iowa Select killed family farms and transformed pork production forever

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North Carolina: Smithfield project that converts hog waste to energy worries nearby residents

The N.C. Division of Air Quality granted Smithfield Foods and Dominion Energy one of the permits they need to move forward in completing a controversial project to create natural gas by using hog waste in Sampson and Duplin County.


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Sewage, bacteria contaminated waters in Hurricane Florence

As Hurricane Florence was soaking the state in September, local creeks and rivers were swirling with germs, chemicals, sewage and other filth from sources that are usually stored safely and not a threat to public health.


A hog waste agreement lacked teeth, and some North Carolinians say they’re left to suffer

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Years of Republican rule in North Carolina left the state vulnerable to the predictable impacts of a storm like Florence.

Locals unite to stop hog farms from polluting their community

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Will storm force a hog waste reckoning in NC?

Tom Butler stands out among hog farmers for siding with environmentalists who push for more aggressive measures to prevent leakage of animal waste into waterways.

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In North Carolina, hog waste pollution a familiar result. Will things ever change?

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.

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Florence engulfs hog farms and chicken houses, thrashing North Carolina agriculture

At least 1.7 million chickens have died from flooding in the state. The impact is now coming into focus — including overflowing pools of hog manure and waterlogged sweet potato fields.

North Carolina floods make pig poop and coal ash a major health concern

For residents of North Carolina the physical and mental challenges of floodwater are heightened by fears of potential health problems connected to the state's key industries: hog farming and coal power generation.

Florence seen testing North Carolina environmental codes on toxic hog waste

Tropical Storm Florence could taint North Carolina waterways with murky coal ash and toxic hog waste as heavy rains test environmental rules written with milder weather in mind, carrying the risk of contaminating water with bacteria like salmonella, officials said on Friday.

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