An industrial hog facility had Lower Neuse Riverkeeper Katy Hunt reaching out to North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality this week about the facility’s multiple violations and the threat it poses to Contentnea Creek.
The Moye facility is located on the creek in Greene County and has a long history of failing to maintain its waste management system. It also has a history of flooding — the facility was inundated during hurricanes Floyd and Matthew. The two issues together potentially spell disaster for the waterway that’s only a matter of yards away from hog waste lagoons.
Hunt said the facility has not been operating at full capacity for several years, and has received multiple violations, several of which occurred this year. She said reaching out to DEQ is the first step in eliminating the threat to Contentnea Creek, and the Neuse River.
“We are sending a letter to DEQ to outline our concerns about this facility about its multiple violations and its location and how prone it is to flooding,” Hunt said. “The entire facility is a threat. It’s basically got a target on its back for future flooding events. There is also some concern about the integrity about the lagoons because of its history of flooding.”