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EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance: Poultry Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Native American and Latino People in North Carolina

The predominantly Black, Native American and Latino residents of three eastern North Carolina counties now live with 30 million more chickens and turkeys than they did eight years ago, according to a...

EWG Investigation: Manure Overload Threatens Water in Minnesota’s Farm Country

Manure from Minnesota's 23,000 animal feedlots threatens to overload nearby cropland with chemicals that can pollute lakes, streams and aquifers, including drinking water sources, a new Environmental...

Hurricane Dorian Threatens To Spread Millions of Tons of Manure Again Throughout North Carolina’s Coastal Plain

As Hurricane Dorian bears down on North Carolina, the storm's flood waters threaten once again to spread millions of tons of animal waste from factory farms throughout the state's eastern coastal...

Investigation: Manure From Unregulated Factory Farms Fuels Lake Erie’s Toxic Algae Blooms

Unregulated animal factory farms are funneling nutrient-rich pollution into Lake Erie, feeding an enormous toxic algae bloom each summer, according to a new investigation by the Environmental Working...

New Investigation: Recent Explosion of Poultry Factory Farms in N.C. Piles Manure from 515.3M Chickens Onto Waste From 9.7M Hogs

North Carolina, a state known for the devastating environmental and public health impacts of industrial-scale hog production, now has more than twice as many poultry factory farms as swine operations...

Court Documents Reveal Woefully Lax Inspections of NC Factory Farms

Court documents obtained by the Environmental Working Group detail shockingly lax oversight by state inspectors of North Carolina's animal factory farms.

Hurricane Florence Flooded Poultry Operations Housing 1.8 Million Birds, Investigation Finds

The heavy rains and high waters after Hurricane Florence flooded 35 industrial poultry operations in North Carolina housing an estimated 1.8 million birds, according to a new investigation by...

Map: Florence Drenched Thousands of North Carolina CAFOs and Animal Waste Pits

Hurricane Florence's torrential rains pelted areas of North Carolina that are home to more than 1,500 industrial animal operations with more than 1,000 nearby animal waste storage cesspools. These...

Dramatic Satellite Photos Reveal Impact of Hurricane Florence on North Carolina CAFOs

Newly released satellite images show the devastating flooding contaminated by pollution from Hurricane Florence's pounding of the Carolinas, including waste from the hundreds of industrial-scale hog...

Will Hurricane Florence Flood N.C. Factory Farms and Manure Pits?

When Hurricane Matthew hit North Carolina in 2016, it flooded more than 140 feces-strewn industrial-scale swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with liquid hog waste and...

Study: Fecal Bacteria from N.C. Hog Farms Infects Nearby Homes

Scientific tests found abundant hog feces on homes and lawns, and in the air of private properties near big hog farms in North Carolina – proof that factory farms are exposing nearby communities to...

Overriding Veto of CAFO Bill Would Dump On Rights of 270,000 North Carolinians

The long-held property rights of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians are at stake in the latest round of the ongoing battle between state lawmakers and Gov. Roy Cooper.

N.C. Bill to Shield CAFOs’ Liability Would Curb Rights for Hundreds of Thousands

North Carolina legislators are rushing to pass a bill that would severely restrict the traditional property rights of hundreds of thousands of North Carolinians suffering from the pollution and stench...

Fields of Filth: First Inventory of Hurricane’s Impact on N.C. Factory Farms

Hurricane Matthew's rampage through North Carolina's coastal plain flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste and thousands of...

Fields of Filth: Landmark Report Maps Feces-Laden Hog and Chicken Operations in North Carolina

A first-of-its-kind interactive map revealing the locations of more than 6,500 concentrated animal feeding operations, or CAFOs, across the state of North Carolina was released today by Waterkeeper...

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