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Each year, 2,000 large-scale hog operations in North Carolina house roughly 10 million hogs, making the coastal state one of the world’s top pork producers. It also makes North Carolina one of the biggest producers of hog feces. According to the Environmental Working Group, North Carolina wet animal waste (primarily consisting of hog feces) tallies in at over 10 billion gallons.

How does one go about managing 10 billion gallons of feces?

One of the primary ways in which hog feces has been managed in North Carolina is through anaerobic lagoons. These lagoons are created from a “manure slurry”, which is washed out from underneath the animal pens and then piped into the lagoon.” These lagoons are often constructed near primary sources of water, and operate without enclosure, meaning that gases like ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and methane are emitted into the surrounding air space.

More than that, when coastal disasters strike North Carolina, and those primary sources of water flood, these lagoons are breached. Gallons of feces then enter these water sources, introducing harmful substances to unsuspecting animals and people, including: antibiotics, estrogens, bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, and protozoa.

This is detrimental, to the environment, and to the food webs relying upon these water sources.

While in 1999, following the devastation of Hurricane Floyd, the state of North Carolina banned the construction of new anaerobic lagoons in 1999. However, this didn’t include the anaerobic lagoons that were already operative. In effect, decades later, anaerobic lagoons remain the way some large-scale North Carolinian hog farms continue to manage their waste.

This is unacceptable. For our health, for the health of animals, and for the health of the environment, farmers everywhere must manage their livestock waste carefully, and with more in mind than cost. Tell the Environmental Protection Agency that you deserve better, that our farms are supposed to give us life, not take it from us. Sign the petition below and urge the EPA to ban anaerobic lagoons entirely.

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To the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency,

In 1999, by banning the construction of new aerobic lagoons, the state of North Carolina took a big step forward in reducing the amount of livestock feces contaminating local water sources. However, it wasn’t a large enough step.

Still, because the ban only halted the construction of new lagoons and not the lagoons already in operation, anaerobic lagoons continue to be a choice for large-scale farmers throughout the state. Natural disasters continue to result in the contents of these lagoons contaminating key sources of water throughout the state. Devastating substances from these farms and their livestock — antibiotics, estrogens, bacteria, pesticides, heavy metals, and protozoa — are being consumed by unsuspecting animals and people.

Even when not facing disaster, these open-topped lagoons have proven to be harmful, emitting toxic gases into the air, including ammonia, hydrogen sulfide, methane, and carbon dioxide. Not only does this affect the quality of life for those within sniffing distance, but, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, it actually has a physical affect on the people living near these lagoons. Reported thus far are the following symptoms: headaches, shortness of breath, wheezing, excessive coughing, and diarrhea.

Administrator, our farms and water sources aren’t supposed to operate this way — they’re meant to give us life, not slowly take it away from us. It’s unacceptable for farms to continue managing waste in this manner and I urge the Environmental Protection Agency to ban anaerobic lagoons entirely.


Petition Signatures

Mar 21, 2018 Jade Kiran "Our task must be to widen our circle of compassion, to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." — Albert Einstein
Mar 19, 2018 Sophie Miranda
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 18, 2018 Yvonne Tota
Mar 18, 2018 Jonna Peoples
Mar 18, 2018 Patty Collett
Mar 18, 2018 hEATHER Knowles
Mar 17, 2018 Martha Vest
Mar 9, 2018 Lisa Kidd-Goodman
Mar 8, 2018 Theresa Boisseau
Mar 8, 2018 Roxanne Leshine
Mar 8, 2018 Linda Gillespie
Mar 8, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 8, 2018 valerie brown
Mar 7, 2018 Peg Coogan
Mar 5, 2018 Cathleen Cascia
Mar 5, 2018 Néstor Fernández Quintero
Mar 4, 2018 DD REDMAN
Mar 4, 2018 nancy martin
Mar 3, 2018 Sara Vilhena
Mar 1, 2018 Shannon horton Make sure this isnt taken out on the poor animals. People are vindictive.
Feb 28, 2018 Holly Smith
Feb 26, 2018 Laura Gustoson
Feb 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2018 Christopher Evans
Feb 23, 2018 Jeanine Smegal
Feb 22, 2018 jana pretorius
Feb 21, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 21, 2018 Lea Faulks
Feb 21, 2018 Carol Brazee
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Sarah Mallows
Feb 20, 2018 Starr Christ
Feb 17, 2018 H R
Feb 14, 2018 aya oda
Feb 13, 2018 Karen Carson
Feb 11, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 11, 2018 Karen Sidley
Feb 11, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 1, 2018 Rob Carter
Jan 28, 2018 Virginia Lippert
Jan 26, 2018 Joanne Hart
Jan 16, 2018 Katherine Mouzourakis
Jan 15, 2018 Robert Furem
Jan 9, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 7, 2018 Chelsea Rivera
Jan 7, 2018 Rhoda Slanger
Jan 7, 2018 eric archambault

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