Trenton Swine Farm Threatened With Lawsuit Over Alleged Pollution

A Trenton, North Carolina, business has 90 days to clean up its operation, or face a lawsuit.

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and the Waterkeeper Alliance have issued a notice of intent to sue, both the current and former owners and operators of the Stilley swine feeding operation.

The groups say they want to stop the illegal discharge of swine waste into groundwater, wetlands and streams that flow into the Trent River.

The groups tell WITN they've been testing the water around the farm since 2008 and continue to find bacteria.

Larry Baldwin works for the Waterkeeper Alliance. He says the waste from pig farms is often recycled into a fertilizer for crops.

Baldwin says, "Their waste is dropping through those slats underneath of the building and it is pushed out to a lagoon. Then, once it fills up to a certain level, that waste is spread onto an open field."

In this case, Baldwin says that waste is going beyond the fields into a nearby tributary and polluting it. Ultimately, Baldwin says, that pollutes the Trent and Neuse Rivers with bacteria such as E coli.

The Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and the Waterkeeper Alliance say they will file suit under the Federal Clean Water Act and Solid Waste Disposal Act, if action is not taken to stop the discharge, and clean up the facility within 90 days.

WITN has reached out to the Stilley Farm in Trenton and is still waiting on a response.

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