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Hog waste regulations on horizon

by 5m Editor
18 September 2006, at 9:56am

RALEIGH - An issue that has taken a back seat in recent years could return to the forefront next year as lawmakers tackle hog waste.

An N.C. State University study has looked at developing ways to treat hog waste that are more environmentally friendly than washing it into massive lagoons. While the study, conducted by Professor Mike Williams, has labeled five technologies as environmentally superior, all are considered too costly.

“There is still not one that has proven to be economically feasible,” said Julie Woodson, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Pork Council, a trade group for the pork industry.

Next September, however, a state-mandated moratorium on new hog farms that use lagoons to treat waste expires.

Source: The Daily News

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