Neuse Riverkeeper goes on the record about CAFO pollutionPosted on October 19th, 2023
Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop makes comments at the general permit public hearing on Oct. 10.
Neuse Riverkeeper Samantha Krop took to the podium last week to go on the record about how the state needs to do more to prevent pollution from concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs).
There are currently six CAFO general permits up for renewal and open for public comment, all having to do with how animal waste is managed in North Carolina.
A public hearing was held at Wayne Community College in Goldsboro on Oct. 10. Sam said it was sparsely attended.
“My takeaway is that not much has changed with these new permits that address the myriad issues with CAFOs and their waste storage system. The permits do not address the problems of these lagoons leaking, overtopping, or polluting the air and water of nearby communities. They don’t address environmental injustices caused by these facilities and, instead, promote and further entrench these practices,” Sam said. “Still, we are commenting to establish our record of opposition and to perhaps express support for actions that they could take, like more sampling and narrowing eligibility of facilities who are covered.”
You can learn more about and comment directly on the general permits HERE. Sound Rivers will be issuing an Action Alert next week.