Coal ash pits, hog manure lagoons — what could go wrong in North Carolina?

North Carolina is home to 31 coal ash pits where Duke Energy stores an estimated 111 million tons of toxic waste produced by coal-fired power plants. The state is also home to thousands of manure pits, known euphemistically as “lagoons,” which hold approximately 10 billion pounds of wet waste generated each year by swine, poultry, and cattle operations.

A handful of news outlets are reporting about the danger of coal ash and hog manure spilling into North Carolina’s waterways in the wake of Hurricane Florence. Bloomberg covered the serious environmental and public health risks and the Associated Press warned of a potential “noxious witches’ brew of waste.”

Don’t worry, be happy! Our Fake President is so confident after being reassured by his coal pimp buddies that he relaxed the rules regulating coal ash pits. Before Hurricane Florence arrived.

And the Hog Manure Lagoons? Hey, there’s only 4,000 or so. Not much of a problem if, say, only 5 or 10% of them overflow. Right? Ain’t any Senators or Congress-critters living nearby.

6 thoughts on “Coal ash pits, hog manure lagoons — what could go wrong in North Carolina?

  1. Cheerwine, not! says:

  2. Mike says:

    Fighting for survival: “The African-American families embroiled in litigation against toxic animal-feeding operations join a long history of black communities fighting for the right to their health in the Carolinas.” https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/09/the-black-communities-that-have-fought-for-their-right-to-exist-in-the-carolinas/570751/ See also “Mapping Where Environmental Justice Is Most Threatened in the Carolinas “https://www.citylab.com/equity/2018/09/mapping-where-environmental-justice-is-most-threatened-in-the-carolinas/570985/

  3. Postmortem says:

    Waters off NC deemed unsafe due to Hurricane Florence runoff (Charlotte Observer 9/26/18) https://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article219048495.html
    Earlier this week, NASA satellites captured images of the pollution runoff filling rivers and floating into coastal waterways https://www.newsobserver.com/news/local/article218934685.html
    North Carolina firefighters remove masses of dead fish from I-40 https://abc7.com/dead-fish-strewn-across-nc-interstate-after-florence-flood-recedes/4319367/

  4. Anopheles Anne says:

    ‘Mosquito-pocalypse is in full effect’: North Carolina hit by blood-sucking pest outbreak (USA TODAY 9/28/18) https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/09/28/north-carolina-mosquito-outbreak-florence-hurricane-floodwaters/1460237002/ Mosquito experts say that floodwaters can cause eggs that would have otherwise laid dormant for over a year to hatch – sending billions of the vicious parasites into the air. The ones plaguing the Carolinas can be three times as large as average mosquitoes and the larvae are known to prey on aquatic animals that are as large as tadpoles. The females grow up to feed on large mammals, humans included.

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