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Lawsuit over NC swine emissions can proceed


June 24, 2016, Tarboro, NC – A North Carolina Federal Court ruled that an air pollution lawsuit involving a pig farm can proceed.

The lawsuit against the Hanor Company of Wisconsin was brought by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) plus Sound Rivers, Inc. and involves the farm’s failure to report its ammonia emissions.

The court rejected Hanor’s argument that an 11-year-old agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) exempts large farms from reporting emissions while the agency conducts air quality studies. According to the HSUS, the EPA has never completed the air studies at issue.