This might sound familiar, because we asked you to make your voice heard on the NC Swine Permitting Process in December – but there is now another opportunity to take action for your waterways! The process has moved to the next phase, and this past Tuesday, the NC Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) held a public hearing to take comments on the permit intended to protect our communities and waterways from industrial swine waste. This permit, which determines how the 9.5 billion gallons of swine waste per year from these facilities is managed, is only opened up for improvements once every 5 years.
Your Upper and Lower Neuse Riverkeepers attended this meeting to give testimony to DEQ, asking them to update the permit to reflect better transparency and to account for all types of pollution. We need you to make your voice heard, too!