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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


Jul 24, 2017 Yola Stavridou
Jul 24, 2017 Kerry Gunby
Jul 23, 2017 Georgia Carver
Jul 22, 2017 Lori Kegler
Jul 22, 2017 George Lewis
Jul 22, 2017 Lee Ryan
Jul 22, 2017 Steven Schueller
Jul 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Carla Rosenthal
Jul 22, 2017 Georgia Shankel
Jul 21, 2017 Brenda Smith
Jul 20, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Mark Hayduke Grenard
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 19, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Jul 17, 2017 Sandra Zaninovich
Jul 17, 2017 Kathryn Johanessen
Jul 17, 2017 Crystal Wilson
Jul 14, 2017 elizabeth levin
Jul 13, 2017 Shannen Marshall
Jul 12, 2017 Arrie Hammel
Jul 12, 2017 JULIE GAINES
Jul 10, 2017 Jade Scileppi Plans to protect air and water, wilderness and wildlife are in fact plans to protect man. - Stewart Udall
Jul 10, 2017 Amy Knepper
Jul 9, 2017 Robina Ingram-Rich
Jul 9, 2017 Mikki Mahoney
Jul 9, 2017 Hollie Malamud
Jul 9, 2017 Joe and Karen Lansdale
Jul 8, 2017 Debbie Horn
Jul 8, 2017 chiara fumi
Jul 7, 2017 Jeanette Kelly
Jul 7, 2017 Diane Sterner
Jul 4, 2017 Heidi Kausch
Jul 3, 2017 Dean OBrien
Jul 2, 2017 Fournier Fernande Tiere, sind Lebewesen! Dessen, sind Sie sich bewusst? Zivilisierte, Gesellschaft? Traurig, dass man Petionen unterschreiben muss. Dies, sollte selbstverständlich sein. Merci.
Jul 2, 2017 jose ignacio
Jul 1, 2017 Graham Rinkwest
Jul 1, 2017 Raphaël PONCE
Jul 1, 2017 Diane Grinde
Jun 25, 2017 Martha Wallace
Jun 24, 2017 Joyce Brogger
Jun 24, 2017 Ana Andre
Jun 24, 2017 Juli Hamilton
Jun 24, 2017 Dorothy Chandler
Jun 23, 2017 Diane DeMarco
Jun 23, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Jun 22, 2017 sirena green
Jun 22, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 21, 2017 Colette Winslow

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