- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Eastern North Carolina residents unhappy with the smell and pollution threat from neighboring industrial-scale hog and poultry farms came to Raleigh to let state regulators know their actions are being watched.

More than 300 people attended a demonstration Wednesday next to downtown state government buildings to protest the large animal livestock operations. The operations keep thousands of hogs or chickens confined in limited spaces to raise them for the table.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is investigating whether lax regulation of hog waste disposal by the state environment department discriminates against minority communities in the eastern part of the state.

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. of the Waterkeeper Alliance spoke at the rally.

The North Carolina Pork Council says claims the industry has targeted disadvantaged communities for locating farms are absurd.

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