Hundreds of complaints were filed about three weeks ago, giving notice of potential lawsuits over the negative impact of living near a hog waste lagoon on property values and quality of life in Sampson, Duplin, Bladen, Pender, and Greene Counties. Farmers in those counties have rejected the possiblity of mediation with their neighbors and vowed to fight any lawsuits.
After extensive hog farm and lagoon flooding during Hurricane Floyd in 1999, the state signed an agreement with the pork industry with the goal of finding better ways to dispose of waste. Farmers say those alternatives proved too inefficient, so little has changed in recent years.
Homeowners say they feel that they are prisioners on their property, the odor is so strong they can't open their windows or doors.