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E-M:/ Air Quality and CAFO's -- North Carolina to act

Enviro-Mich message from anne.woiwode@sfsierra.sierraclub.org

Once again, North Carolina is dealing with the REAL problems in CAFOs, while 
Michigan officials have their heads in the sand.  Here are the opening 
paragraphs from a NC newspaper article.  AW

Nitrogen rules may affect hog lagoons
Saturday, July 29, 2000
Wilmington Morning Star
Hog farmers would have to cut the amount of nitrogen pollution escaping 
from their operations under a rule North Carolina regulators plan to unveil 
in September.
   The proposal, combined with Tuesday's announcement that Smithfield Foods
will use a cleaner technology on its farms within five years, could seal 
the fate of open-air lagoons that store liquid manure eventually sprayed 
onto hayfields in the coastal plain. It would be a major piece of Gov. Jim 
Hunt's plan to phase out all hog waste lagoons across the state over the 
next decade.
   Nitrogen comes to a farm in the form of grains in animal feed. The hogs
and hay absorb about half the nitrogen, while the other half is lost to the 
environment, where it can spawn algal blooms in creeks, said Michael Shore, 
senior policy analyst with the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural 
   The rule would lower the allowable nitrogen loss to less than 50
percent. Just how low depends on ongoing discussions between DENR 
officials, industry representatives and environmentalists.

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