What will happen when Hurricane Florence hits North Carolina’s massive pig manure lagoons?

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According to (This article and its images were originally posted on Quartz September 11, 2018 at 02:19PM.)

North Carolina is one of the biggest hog-farming states in the US, with about 9 million pigs being raised on some 2,300 farms. That equals a lot of manure—about 10 billion pounds of wet animal waste are produced in the state a year, according to the Waterkeeper Alliance. Farms store the pigs’ feces in uncovered, earthen lagoons, some the size of football fields. And now they’re at risk of becoming a public health hazard when Hurricane Florence touches down.

The storm is set to sweep through North Carolina on Thursday or Friday, and the manure lagoons are squarely in its path. A farming journal urged hog farmers to prepare for the storm.

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This article and its images were originally posted on [Quartz] September 11, 2018 at 02:19PM. All credit to both the author Zoë Schlanger and Quartz | ESIST.T>G>S Recommended Articles Of The Day.

 

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