Easley Signs Hog Lagoon Phaseout Into Law

Governor Mike Easley has added 14 bills to the list of legislation bearing his signature.

The new laws include legislation to phase out hog lagoons by shifting farmers to environmentally preferable methods of managing swine waste.

About 20 bills were set to become law without his signature. They are among more than 200 he received as the Legislature adjourned August second.

The lagoon bill also creates a pilot program in which methane gas created from the waste would be trapped to generate electricity. The program also provides state grants to help hog farmers by paying for most of the switch to the cleaner technology.