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!