RALEIGH (N.C.) Federal regulators have agreed that they will investigate whether the North Carolina Department of Environment Quality violated minorities and poor residents living near farms where it approved plans for capturing gas from hog waste.
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated that it had received a complaint from the Southern Environmental Law Center in October.
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The complaint claims that the water quality permit modifications made by the state did not adequately protect nearby communities in Duplin or Sampson counties.
According to the EPA, the investigation is still ongoing and does not reflect any decision regarding the merits of the allegations.