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University researchers share more than $200 million in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Fdn to develop a better toilet, small-scale sanitation systems.
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Toxics

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.

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Toxics

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

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.
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Toxics

Could Smithfield Foods have prevented the “rivers of hog waste” in North Carolina after Florence?

The pinkish, putrescent, rurally-located lagoons have been a source of concern for decades. Did the largest pig and pork producer in the world fail to secure them?
newrepublic.com
Toxics

The hurricane damage that didn’t have to happen

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

Locals unite to stop hog farms from polluting their community

More than 40 families in Iowa are fighting to contain the spread of concentrated animal feeding operations.
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Climate

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.

Credit: Elizabeth Ouzts
Originals

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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Toxics

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.
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Toxics

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.
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Justice

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.

Hog confinement operation in Eastern NC. (Credit: Brian Bienkowski/EHN)
Originals

Peter Dykstra: At the courthouse, the smell of defeat and the stench of victory

For more than 20 years, residents who live near hog mega-farms in eastern North Carolina have battled water pollution, noise and smoke from constant truck traffic, and the godawful stench of urine and feces from compounds of tens of thousands of hogs.

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