The North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, Waterkeeper Alliance and Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation have filed a lawsuit in federal district court against a North Carolina hog farm and its owners alleging water pollution of the Neuse and Trent rivers.
The lawsuit asserts that Taylor Finishing, Inc, Trenton, NC, and its owner are in violation of the Clean Water Act and the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, by illegally disposing of animal waste into creeks, rivers, ditches and lands surrounding the facility.
According to the lawsuit, analyses of water samples taken from around the facility from 2008 to the present reveal unacceptably high levels of nitrogen, phosphorus, and fecal coliform. The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has previously issued a violation against the facility, and sampling results have continued to reveal ongoing unlawful discharges, despite a change in ownership at the facility in December 2010.
“With this lawsuit, we are seeking to put a stop to the illegal discharges of hog feces into the Neuse River watershed from the Taylor Finishing facility,” said George Matthis, Executive Director of the Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation.