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'It smells like a decomposing body': North Carolina's polluting pig farms

After years of burying neighbours’ complaints about illegal spraying of hog manure, state officials suddenly began posting them online. What changed?  In September 2016, with Hurricane Hermine bearing down on North Carolina, Kemp Burdette rented a single-engine plane and flew over Duplin county. Burdette, a riverkeeper with the environmental group Cape Fear River Watch, was worried that some of the local pig farmers might try to drain their manure lagoons before the rains hit, to prevent them from overflowing. Spraying waste is illegal just before storms because of the risk that runoff from saturated fields will contaminate waterways.  Read more....



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