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An industrial hog facility in North Carolina. Hog feces and urine are flushed into open, unlined pits and then sprayed onto nearby fields. The practice leads to waste contaminating nearby waters, and drifting as "mist" onto neighboring properties.
(Photo courtesy of Friends of Family Farmers)
Press Release: Victory May 1, 2018

New York Supreme Court Strikes Down Department of Environmental Conservation’s Permit for Mega-dairies

Illegal permit allowed industrial animal operations to prepare pollution prevention plans without agency oversight or public input, threatening drinking and recreational waters

Press Release April 12, 2017

Environmental Groups Fight Department Of Environmental Conservation’s Toothless Industrial Animal Facility Permits

Current permits fail to protect drinking and recreational waters from untreated animal waste at industrial animal facilities

A lack of government action to safeguard public health against agriculture pollution from CAFOs could have dangerous consequences.
Article February 24, 2016

Lessons from Flint: Preventing a Drinking Water Crisis in NY

Like the crisis in Flint, Michigan, a lack of government action now to safeguard public health against agriculture pollution could leave a lasting impact with dangerous consequences.

Industrial livestock facilities are the largest polluters of the deadly gases ammonia and hydrogen sulfide.
case July 29, 2013

Cleaning Up Industrial Dairy Farms in New York

New York is the country’s fourth largest milk-producing state with more than 600,000 dairy cows, each of which produces about 120 pounds of waste per day. The way this manure is stored and disposed of can have serious implications for human health and water quality. Over the last several years, industrial-sized dairies have been responsible…

Document July 29, 2013

NY CAFO Petition

First Amended Verified Petition and Complaint

Press Release July 29, 2013

Environmental Coalition Fights Deregulation of Industrial Dairy Farms in New York

Lawsuit challenges DEC for overstepping its authority and for violating Federal Clean Water Act and State Environmental Quality Review Act requirements