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ASK Governor Cooper to VETO House Bill 467, Call 919-814-2000!

House Bill 467 is a terrible injustice to NC residents living near Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) and a frightening precedent for what other industries could do. This bill would hurt residents in NC living near CAFOs that want to sue Smithfield’s Hog Production Division due to the pollution caused by Smithfield’s hogs. Future lawsuits would have a cap on compensation that could be awarded to residents from a corporate pork producer making record profits ($1.7 billion in 2016).

Property Owner Rights: CAFOs produce waste which can contaminate ground water, as well as become a nuisance to residents living nearby who have to live with the stench. This bill eliminates compensation even when these impacts are proven in court. This bill would also reduce options for homeowners to protect themselves when CAFOs unreasonably interfere with their use of their property.

Environmental Justice Issues: Most CAFOs are located in low-income areas or communities of color (e.g., Duplin County, NC). These communities disproportionately suffer from the pollution caused by these operations. By taking away available legal remedies, this bill is especially harmful to these vulnerable populations. CAFOs also impact property values nearby, and threaten drinking water wells.

Special thanks to Christine Ellis of the Winyah Rivers Foundation for information on this harmful bill. 

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