North Carolina

Information and Resources

America’s Animal Factories: How States Fail to Prevent Pollution from Livestock Waste

This Natural Resources Defense Council report describes the environmental and public health impacts of pollution generated by factory farms. Includes activist contacts and resources.

Certification Training for Operators of Animal Waste Management Systems

Information about certification and training for animal waste management operators, from North Carolina University Soil Science Department.

Hog Hell in North Carolina


Neuse Riverlaw and Waterkeepers

North Carolina Riverkeeper, Rick Dove, monitors and documents hog pollution and its consequences in North Carolina. Includes excellent photo documentation.

North Carolina State University Animal & Poultry Waste Management Center


State Information

Provides state legislative information along with documents related to state and local government. (Washburn University School of Law)

US Farms – State Fact Sheets

Links for each state, with current information about farm size, financial status, rural employment, land use, and more. (USDA)

Virtual Agriculture Library

Agricultural site maintained by the North Carolina State University.

Water Quality in the Kanawha-New River Basin West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, 1996-98


Water Quality in the Upper Tennessee River Basin, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia 1994-98

Water quality assessment reports from the US Geological Survey.

State and Local Government


Alliance for a Responsible Swine Industry

North Carolina citizens’ group that opposes industrial hog operations. They work to strengthen regulations and enforcement, and call attention to the serious environmental and health problems caused in North Carolina by hog waste.

North Carolina League of Conservation Voters

A statewide lobbying organization dedicated to advocating on behalf of North Carolina’s environment.

The North Carolina Conservation Network

ConNet is a statewide network of over 150 environmental, community, and environmental justice organizations focused on protecting North Carolina’s environment and public health. ConNet works to strengthen the environmental community’s ability to impact local, state, and federal policy by facilitating coordination of campaigns, strengthening communication, providing updates and analysis on key decisions, and organizing skills training.

Southern Environmental Law Center

SELC is one of the nation’s leading organizations working to bring industrial hog and poultry factory farms under strong environmental and public health controls.


Department of Air Quality Odor Control Regulations

General Statutes 143-215.10A-G

Animal operations definitions, permit requirements, etc.

Water Quality Administrative Code

North Carolina administrative code pertinent to the Division of Water Quality