Duke Law faculty comment on environmental threats in the wake of Hurricane Florence

Photo of North Carolina damage by Hurricane Florence, Photo by Alan Cradick, September 19, 2018Flooding across Eastern North Carolina caused by Hurricane Florence caused dozens of open-air hog-waste lagoons on massive commercial hog farms to overflow in September, threatening potentially catastrophic water contamination in the region.

Clinical Professors Ryke Longest and Michelle Nowlin JD/MA ’92, the director and supervising attorney, respectively, of the Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, were quoted extensively by media outlets about the threat of contamination to rivers, wells, and groundwater, the need for improved waste-storage technology and lagoon-management standards in the state, and the cost of clean-up, all subjects of their longstanding research, advocacy, and media commentary.

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