Lisa Sorg

Neutering nuisance laws in North Carolina
Elsie Herring (Credit: Alex Boerner)

Neutering nuisance laws in North Carolina

Big hog-producing states are chipping away at the last legal resorts for residents who feel they've been wronged

One Saturday in the mid-1990s, Elsie Herring was sitting on her mother's screened-in porch with her family, "enjoying being outside, as we had done for years," she says.

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Little money for leaking underground tanks.

Hundreds of people gas up every week at the Get N Go on U.S. 13 in Windsor, unaware of what might be happening under their feet. The convenience store and gas station is owned by Zero Investments, which was fined more than $14,000 last year for violating seven state environmental laws, including failing to investigate suspected releases from its network of underground tanks and pipes that store and move gasoline.

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