• Factory Farms

    In 2019, it came to CWFNC’s attention that poultry operations were spreading across North Carolina at an alarming speed. Our state agencies were not only lax in regulating these facilities, but they did not know where or how many existed. Concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFOs) are the main, industrialized method of producing animal products in the US. In North Carolina, the swine industry has been a major issue for decades, with organizations such as the North Carolina Environmental Justice Network and Sound Rivers fighting to protect the low-income and minority communities located near these hog operations. The poultry industry raises similar questions regarding the well-being of people and the environment. According to USDA census data, when evenly distributed, the average broiler CAFO in North Carolina sells nearly half a million chickens for meat annually. The waste generated by these millions of animals and spread without measure on nearby land is certainly cause for concern. Neighbors of such operations, often rural, low-income communities, could be living with air quality issues and well water impacts that have yet to be documented in any official manner. Overapplication of animal manure as fertilizer leads to build-ups that runoff or leach into adjacent water sources. Groundwater contamination from CAFOs could negatively be impacting nearby households that depend on private wells for safe drinking water. Surface waters polluted by nutrients have increased algae growth and decreased amounts of dissolved oxygen, eventually leading to dead zones where fish and plants cannot survive. If you believe you or your community is experiencing Water and/or Air pollution from a nearby Poultry Operation, call your region’s Dept. of Environmental Quality office: If they don’t answer or respond, CALL or EMAIL US! Durham Office: 919-401-9600 Asheville Office: 828-251-1291 Asheville Regional Office 2090 U.S. Hwy. 70 Swannanoa, NC 28778 828-296-4500 FAX 828-299-7043 Raleigh Regional Office 3800 Barrett Dr. Raleigh, NC 27611 919-791-4200 FAX 919-571-4718 Wilmington Regional Office 127 Cardinal Drive Extension Wilmington, NC 28405 910-796-7215 FAX 910-350-2004 Fayetteville Regional Office Systel Building, 225 Green St., Suite 714 Fayetteville, NC 28301-5094 910-433-3300 FAX 910-486-0707 Washington Regional Office 943 Washington Square Mall Washington, NC 27889 252-946-6481 FAX 252-975-3716 Winston Salem Regional Office 450 West Hanes Mill Road, Suite 300 Winston-Salem, NC 27105 336-776-9800 / (Fax) 336-776-9797 Mooresville Regional Office 610 East Center Ave. Mooresville, NC 28115 704-663-1699 FAX 704-663-6040 Addressing air and groundwater impacts as well as environmental justice issues related to unregulated poultry operations is CWFNC’s newest project. This page will continue to be updated as the project progresses!


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  • Safe, Affordable Water for All

    CWFNC believes that safe affordable water is a right for all North Carolinians, and we work to organize with communities, research the impacts of water supply privatization and pricing practices, and advocate for health-protective, just and sustainable statewide water quality and allocation policies. Learn more about our work promoting Safe, Affordable Water for all! Water Justice Campaign Well User Protection Your Drinking Water Concerns About Aqua NC? Concerns About Utilities, Inc? Bottled Water


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  • Fracking & Fracked Gas Pipelines

    Hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is a method of extracting natural gas that involves blasting underground rock thousands of feet into the ground with a cocktail of sand, water and chemicals. Why now in NC? Vast underground reserves called shale basins were long thought impractical to drilling because of their depth. However, “fracking” would allow NC reserves to be processed. Why should YOU be concerned? Documented health risks (6 states with 1000 instances of groundwater contamination). Large amounts of fresh water used and large amounts of wastewater generated with limited disposal options. Inadequately regulated (2005 federal loophole exempting fracking from environmental regulation); spills, regulatory penalties, and litigation linked to fracturing operations have been reported in several states. The Atlantic Coast Pipeline The ACP was approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), in October, 2017, ignoring extensive studies on lack of need for the pipeline and major impact. The ACP would cut through 8 eastern NC counties.The Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) is a proposed 600 mile highly pressurized natural gas pipeline planned to go through WV, VA & eight eastern NC counties. The pipeline would enter NC in Northampton County, where a large compressor station would be built, and end in Robeson County, near Pembroke, with a likely extension to Hamlet. The cost of the project would be over $7.5 billion, and will be paid for mostly by utility customers-you and me! While the pipeline builders voluntarily stopped construction after losing 7 key federal and state permits, It’s important to continue to build public resistance to the pipeline to protect landowners, water, safety of nearby residents and environmental justice. At least half the counties along the proposed route in NC have Native American populations above the state average of 1.2%; for example, the Native American population in Robeson County is 38%. In Prospect, Robeson County (the proposed terminus of the pipeline), the Native American population is 96.2%. Seven of the eight NC counties along the ACP have higher percentages of poverty than the state average, and a higher percentage of African-American residents than the state average. ACP builders offered high tax revenues to Northampton County, with nearly 60% African American residents, to get them to accept a large compressor station. The proposed route of the ACP is as close as 100 ft. from homes in these dense Native American and African-American communities, and will plow through wetlands, rivers, and sacred burial sites. It will take land that’s been in families for generations, and will disrupt or destroy farms that families depend on for food and income. ACP builders were not required to have a Tribal Consultation with any of the tribes along the ACP route to notify them about the pipeline--none have been granted full federal recognition. READ MORE ON THE PROPOSED ACP, INCLUDING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, ECONOMIC AND CLIMATE IMPACTS! Resolutions against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Resolution by CWFNC Resolution by UNC-Pembroke


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  • Coal Ash in NC

    The site in North Carolina where an accident at a coal ash pond spilled tons of coal ash and wastewater into the Dan River Since the February 2014 massive spill of tens of thousands of tons of coal ash and 27 million gallons of contaminated wastewater from a Duke Energy coal ash pit into the Dan River, lawmakers, regulators, the media, and the public have paid more attention to the threat of coal ash waste stored in unlined pits across NC. Clean Water for NC believes the storage and disposal of coal ash waste is an environmental justice issue, often impacting the most vulnerable communities, and we are committed to working with those communities to organize for just solutions to NC’s coal ash mess. We are an active partner with the statewide Alliance of Carolinians Together Against Coal Ash (ACT Against Coal Ash), a community-led alliance of representatives from communities next to the massive coal ash pits at Duke Energy power plants and near planned future coal ash landfills. Resources about Coal Ash in N.C. Clean Water for NC’s resolution on coal ash (2015) A.C.T. Against Coal Ash website SE Coal Ash’s Interactive map of coal ash sites DEQ Map of Contaminated Drinking Water Well DEQ Coal Ash Site Prioritization FAQ


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