Slaughter Houses Can Kill Rivers
While there has been thorough reporting on the sale of land for a recently opened Mountaire poultry processing plant in Siler City, there has been less said about the plant’s harmful environmental impact on Love’s Creek, Rocky River and downstream into the Cape Fear Watershed. Mountaire opened its Siler City slaughter house in January. As one of the country’s largest poultry processors, with sales over $2 billion in 2017, Mountaire Farms is expected to employ over 1,000 people and eject enormous amounts of polluted wastewater. It has been sued more than once in its home state of Delaware for violating the Clean Water Act and the company has a history of noncompliance.
The draft amended permit proposed by the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Division of Water Resources (DWR) allows Mountaire to send its polluted wastewater to Siler City Wastewater Treatment Plant without removing harmful nitrogen. This will further harm the Rocky River, in which North Carolinians currently cannot safely fish, swim, or boat because of excess nitrogen that causes algae blooms and fish kills.
Siler City naturally welcomes many new jobs in this essentially rural area. The Town is to be commended for working to secure grants to help their waste water treatment plant deal with the huge quantities of contaminants, especially nitrogen, that will be discharged. The price tag to upgrade the Siler City Wastewater Treatment Plant will be substantial and the Town has secured only a small portion of the funding it will need to make those upgrades. The amended permit before the DEQ would limit nitrogen to be discharged beginning in 2023. Meanwhile Mountaire is set to discharge more nitrogen into the Rocky River than the previous two polluting plants combined.
Measures to limit further damage to Loves Creek, the Rocky River and the Deep and Cape Fear Rivers and to begin monitoring downstream need to occur immediately rather than four years from now. Further restrictions on untreated nitrogen discharge from the Mountaire plant need to be in place.
The DWR acknowledges that the Draft Modification of the permit would not meet water quality standards. It is a fact that Siler City Wastewater Treatment Plant cannot treat the nitrogen in Mountaire’s waste stream. Mountaire should be required to remove total nitrogen from its wastes before discharging to the Siler City Wastewater Plant. Strict parameters should be set for the safety of our waters.
League of Women Voters of Orange, Durham, And Chatham Counties
League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear
Clarice Reber, Secretary and Environmental Action Team Leader, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear at 910-319-6335
Carol Roberts, President, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, at 910-547-6161
Mary Ellen Cole, Communications Director, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, at 703-618-6196
The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear Announces Hot Topics Event for Redistricting Reform
For Immediate Release:
February 5, 2019
The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear has announced their Hot Topics Event for February. The public is invited to attend Fair Districts NC- Let’s End Gerrymandering, to learn about a League of Women Voters of North Carolina study on 50 bills for redistricting reform and learn about the League’s coalition initiative on Reasonable Redistricting Reform.
EVENT: Hot Topics: Fair Districts NC -Let’s End Gerrymandering
DATE: Monday, February 25, 2019
TIME: 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION: New Hanover County Library 201 Chestnut St, Wilmington, NC
ABOUT: FAIR DISTRICTS NC is a broad, bipartisan coalition that takes a new approach to end gerrymandering in NC. It is based on initiatives that have worked in other states. Redistricting approaches following principles that have gained bipartisan support and won approval by state legislatures in several other states. We believe this approach will work in North Carolina too.
Carol Roberts – President, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, firstname.lastname@example.org or 910-547-6161
Gail F. Bromley– Fair Elections Action Team Leader, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, email@example.com or 910-859-7191
Mary Ellen Cole –Communications Director, League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear, firstname.lastname@example.org or 703-618-6196
The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear has joined with the League of Women Voters of North Carolina to draft a letter to North Carolina General Assembly leaders calling on them to reconsider their decision to relocate the press room to the legislative building's basement. LWV-LCF believes transparency and freedom of the press are cornerstones of a functioning democracy. Read the entire letter here.
For more information, contact: Mary Ellen Cole, LWV-LCF Communications Director
THE PRESIDENT SHOULD FUND THE GOVERNMENT – NOT A BORDER WALL
Washington, DC – The League of Women Voters of the United States CEO Virginia Kase released the following statement following President Trump’s address to the nation.
“What will keep our nation secure is not a wall, but a comprehensive immigration plan executed through a fully funded government. The real threat to the safety and security of Americans is the loss of paychecks for hundreds of thousands of hard-working public servants during the ongoing shutdown.”
Read more at LWV.
SWEEPING DEMOCRACY REFORM BILL WILL MAKE ELECTIONS FAIRER AND PUT POWER BACK IN THE HANDS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WASHINGTON –
The League of Women Voters is proud to support HR1, the first democracy reform agenda bill introduced in the House of Representatives in the 116th Congress. Today, League of Women Voters CEO Virginia Kase released the following statement in support of this important legislation:
Read more here.
JUSTICES HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO ENSURE FAIR MAPS NATIONWIDE
Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced it will hear arguments in a challenge to North Carolina’s 2016 congressional redistricting plan, which is one of the most egregious partisan gerrymanders in American history. The case has the potential to reshape future redistricting nationwide by limiting politicians’ ability to suppress the voices of voters in how they draw electoral districts. Oral arguments will be held later this term.
Read more here.
League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear serves Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.