VICE: Hurricane Florence is turning North Carolina into a toxic stew of pig poop, sewage and coal ash
The more than three feet of rain from Hurricane Florence has overwhelmed coal ash pits, pig waste lagoons and municipal sewage plants causing the poisonous slurry to pour into North Carolina rivers, lakes and homes, Dr. Sacoby Wilson told VICE News and other media outlets.
“You basically have a toxic soup for people who live in close proximity to those lagoons,” said associate professor with the Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health (MIAEH) and Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics Sacoby Wilson told VICE News. “All of these contaminants that are in the hog lagoons, like salmonella, giardia, and E-coli, can get into the waterways and infect people trying to get out.”
Dr. Wilson also joined KPFA's UpFront to discuss the environmental health impacts of Hurricane Florence. He focused on discussing the dangers to people's health and his background in environmental justice research in the Southeastern U.S.