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Touch the Soil News #543 The Waterkeeper Alliance in collaboration with the Environmental Working Group just finished its review of Hurricane Matthew’s rampage through North Carolina’s coastal plain last month. The massive rains flooded more than 140 feces-strewn swine and poultry barns, more than a dozen open pits brimming with hog waste and thousands of acres of manure-saturated fields. The storm killed an estimate 5 million chickens and turkeys and thousands of hogs. Hurricane Matthews’ floodwaters surge through a chicken CAFO, carrying pathogens and other pollutants downstream and ultimately into the ocean (photo courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance). The review of the risks associated with having CAFOs (confinement animal feeding operations)…

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