Target: Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina
Goal: Create an environmentally-sustainable waste management solution to a water-polluting hog farm
A hog farm in Eastern North Carolina is illegally discharging hog waste into groundwater, wetlands, and streams that flow into a nearby river. Owners of the Stilley swine feeding operation near Trenton, North Carolina confines over 11,000 hogs, and supplies one of the largest pork producers in China. Two local environmental groups, The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and the Waterkeeper Alliance, are planning to sue the hog farm for polluting water for drinking and recreation.
The hog farm has been given 90 days to find a solution to its waste problem, but an environmentally-acceptable plan has yet to be developed. The farm is a subsidiary of Virginia-based Smithfield Foods, which was acquired China’s Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. in September 2013. Large-farming and livestock-raising operations like this one have been a persistent problem in North Carolina. Local residents have complained about the facility storing hog waste in lagoons and spraying liquid manure on lands next to the farm.
Sign the below petition to urge local environmental groups to prosecute this hog farm for its polluting ways to the fullest extent of the law. Large agricultural practices take enough of a toll on the environment through the regular course of business. This particular facility cannot be allowed to dispose of its waste in waters that are used by local residents for drinking, bathing, and recreation.
Dear Governor McCrory,
As you know, large-scale farming has been taking its toll on the environment in North Carolina. The Stilley swine feeding operation near Trenton has been illegally discharging hog waste into groundwater, wetlands, and streams that flow into the Trent River. This facility must be cleaned up before it continues to operate and procure a profit.
I am urging you to work with the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and the Waterkeeper Alliance, who are planning to take legal action against the hog farm facility. Please try to resolve the matter out of court to avoid costly and unnecessary legal fees. However, the evidence has surfaced and the polluting has been confirmed over a long period of time.
Local residents utilize these waterways for drinking water and recreation. Now, these waterways are filled with toxic pollutants that pose serious hazards to their health. Please do not endanger the lives of your citizens for the sake of a profit-driven, polluting factory farm.
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