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E-M:/ North Carolina hog lagoon phaseout announcement



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Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org
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     FOLKS:  While here in Michigan we fight over whether permits will be 
     required for large scale livestock operations, look at what North 
     Carolina is doing --- Isn't Michigan worth as much as North Carolina?
     
     AW
     
     
     
N.C. Attorney General Mike Easley announced today that his office has 
reached agreement with Smithfield Foods, the world's largest hog producer 
and pork processer, to phase out open air hog lagoons and sprayfields in 
North Carolina over the next 5 years and to replace them with alternative 
technologies that meet strict environmental standards (dubbed 
"Environmentally Superior Technologies").  Since its recent merger with 
Murphy Farms, Smithfield owns an estimated 70% of North Carolina's 10 
million hogs.
     


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