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Hog Lagoons Stay Contained Amid Pelting Rains, Governor Says

  • Farming counties inundated, posing risks of contamination
  • North Carolina ranks as second-biggest U.S. swine state
Residents Prepare As Hurricane Florence Barrels Towards The Carolinas
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North Carolina’s hog-manure lagoons have stayed contained so far, according to the state, as the region continues to get pelted with rain from the remnants of Hurricane Florence.

The state’s 4,000 lagoons are holding out, even though huge swaths of farmland in the state’s eastern corner are underwater, Governor Roy Cooper said. The lined earthen pits that hold treated waste had been a major environmental concern as unprecedented rain lashed North Carolina, with at least 30 rivers breaching their banks.