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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 14, 2018 Paul Carver
Apr 11, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 10, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Apr 9, 2018 Sandra Beall
Apr 7, 2018 Lucy Kelly
Apr 7, 2018 Brian Gibbons
Apr 6, 2018 Tammy Jeter
Apr 5, 2018 Laure Cleveland
Apr 5, 2018 Alysa Waring
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Apr 5, 2018 Amy Van Devender
Apr 5, 2018 Lane Page
Apr 5, 2018 margo molin
Apr 5, 2018 Helen Smylie
Apr 5, 2018 Richard Rheder
Apr 5, 2018 Camelia Mitu
Apr 3, 2018 Megan Speight
Apr 1, 2018 Alena Bogdanova
Mar 31, 2018 Nan Newall
Mar 29, 2018 Sandy Lynch
Mar 28, 2018 barbara wallace
Mar 27, 2018 Allison Cox Protect our water!
Mar 27, 2018 Michelle Bearhart
Mar 27, 2018 Llauren Peralta
Mar 27, 2018 Stacy Martin
Mar 27, 2018 Laura Krause
Mar 27, 2018 Diane Taylor
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Mar 25, 2018 Mona Baldwin
Mar 25, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 25, 2018 Jan Clare
Mar 25, 2018 Kathryn Summerfield
Mar 25, 2018 Martha Williams
Mar 25, 2018 Sandra Cobb
Mar 25, 2018 Kathleen Shabi
Mar 24, 2018 Joann Henderson
Mar 24, 2018 Jane Lemison
Mar 22, 2018 Evarie P
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
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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 11, 2018 ADELA ESTUDILLO
Mar 9, 2018 Lisa Kidd-Goodman
Mar 8, 2018 Theresa Boisseau
Mar 8, 2018 Roxanne Leshine

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