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Re: Pollution from factory farms (proposed CAFO regulations)
I have just been reviewing data on the sources and amounts of animal waste
produced here in North Carolina, as shown on Environmental Defense's
Scorecard website (scorecard.org), and I am deeply concerned.
Please continue the effort you started with the Smithfield and Premium
Standard Farms agreements to ensure that environmentally sound waste
technologies are used on all hog farms in North Carolina. Those agreements
are living proof that open-air lagoons pollute the environment and threaten
public health unacceptably.
As attorney general, and then as candidate for governor, you pledged to
clean up factory hog farm pollution and ensure that future pork production
takes place on an environmentally sustainable basis. I respectfully urge
1. Push for and sign a legislative extension of the current moratorium on
new and expanded swine operations until lagoons are phased out on all
existing hog farms in our state.
2. Push for and sign legislation mandating that phase out in North Carolina
by the year 2005.
3. Push for and sign liability legislation that will hold major
pork-producing corporations (such as Smithfield and Premium Standard Farms)
responsible for animal waste spills and other environmental harm from their
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