According to Inside Climate News, reports from clean-water advocates around the state have “spotted dozens of hog farms with waste lagoons under water.” But hog waste isn’t the only poorly disposed-of pollutant:
Poultry farms, where chicken manure and urine contains ammonia and other pollutants, have also been inundated by Florence. Sanderson Farms reported Monday that 60 of its broiler houses had flooded, killing an estimated 1.7 million chickens, and it said it hadn’t been able to reach 30 other farms. The North Carolina Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that at least 3.4 million chickens and turkeys and 5,500 hogs had died in the storm in that state.
The reason us “bleeding hearts” want strong regulatory agencies is not so that big businesses can’t make money. It’s because big businesses only care about money—and have proven time and time again that making money will trump any and all safety, and everything else in their way.