Environmental groups have filed a civil-rights complaint against hog farmers in North Carolina, claiming that by maintaining farms near neighborhoods where minorities live, the pork producers are engaged in illegal discrimination against minorities.
The 48-page complaint explains that the farms create problems for surrounding neighborhoods such as foul smells and runoff in the water.
The groups also cited issues such as not being able to hang laundry outside and the humiliation that comes from family members’ not wanting to visit.
The complaint was filed against the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources by EarthJustice, along with the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help, the N.C. Environmental Justice Network, and the Waterkeeper Alliance.
— Katherine Timpf is a reporter at National Review Online.