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In North Carolina, hog waste pollution a familiar result. Will things ever change?
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In North Carolina, hog waste pollution a familiar result. Will things ever change?

As Hurricane Florence floods dozens of hog waste pits, many in the state are wondering when the broken factory farm system will be fixed

NEW BERN, NORTH CAROLINA —The full extent of Hurricane Florence's environmental damage isn't yet known in North Carolina, where waste from factory farms, coal ash, and other pollutants are contaminating floodwaters still on the rise after the largest East Coast deluge north of Florida in history.

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Hog waste-to-gas: Renewable energy or more hot air?
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Hog waste-to-gas: Renewable energy or more hot air?

DURHAM, NC—On a school night in early spring, a rowdy collection of environmental activists, local residents, and Duke University faculty and students packed a public forum, railing against the school's plan to build a new $55-million gas plant on campus.

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Using biogas to clear the air near hog farms
A tour group at Loyd Ray Farms. (Credit: Elizabeth Ouzts)

Using biogas to clear the air near hog farms

YADKIN COUNTY, NC—A blanket of gray hangs over the hills refracting the late July sun and sealing in a thick scent of gas and compost.

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