By Dan Shapley
Second-largest hog producing state considers a ban on 'hog cesspools'
Activists are protesting at the North Carolina state capital, as they strive to get the nation's second largest hog-producing state to crack down on pollution at hog farms. At the center of the protest is a bill that would ban new hog cesspools -- massive lagoons filled with pig waste that have great potential to foul air and water quality. That, and of course, they smell really bad. North Carolina stands behind Iowa as the nation's top hog producer. Its 2,300 hog farms, under the bill, would get state incentives for converting hog cesspools to more environmentally benign waste disposal systems, according to a story in the June 21 News and Observer.