Permit allows 1 mln extra pigs for Smithfield
The US state Division of Water Quality renewed Smithfield's water usage and discharge
permit, meaning that an extra 1 million pigs are allowed to be processed by
The permit raises the cap on how many pigs Smithfield
may kill per year to 9.5 million, up from about 8.5 million. The permit also
sets new restrictions on the company's water usage and the amount of pollution
it can put into the Cape Fear River.
North Carolina farms
The 1 million additional pigs will
come from North Carolina farms, Smithfield's spokesperson Dennis Pittman said.
North Carolina has been shipping pigs to other states because the
slaughterhouses here couldn't keep up, he said.Water
Although production increases, the water usage has to decrease by 5%,
according to the permit, to about 1.88 million gallons per day. Pittman said the
company eventually plans to use river water and phase out usage of well water.
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