Smithfield must fix pollution and environmental injustices at hog operations producing biogasWe just challenged four state water permits allowin...Smithfield must fix pollution and environmental injustices at hog operations producing biogas
We just challenged four state water permits allowing Smithfield-owned hog operations to use giant pits of untreated hog feces and urine to produce gas while spraying the harmful waste on surrounding areas, continuing a long history of disproportionate water pollution and harm to nearby Black and Brown families.
“Families have been dealing with contaminated water and unbearable odors from Smithfield’s hog operations for decades,” says Maggie Galka, vice chair of Environmental Justice Community Action Network (EJCAN) board. “Smithfield promised neighbors it would clean up its mess, and the law requires it to do so.”
Our lawsuit, filed in the N.C. Office of Administrative Hearings, is on behalf of EJCAN and Cape Fear River Watch.
October 26, 2018
Smithfield plans don’t solve massive pollution problems from hog waste lagoons
“The law requires Smithfield to use cleaner technology, and Smithfield is not above the law,” says Attorney Blakely Hildebrand. “Smithfield must do more to stop its pollution and continued environmental injustices rather than clinging to the cheapest, most harmful method possible to handle untreated sewage—collecting it in pits and spraying it onto fields—when cleaner technology is available.”