On Juneteenth, 2019, the Rural Empowerment Association for Community Help (REACH), North Carolina Environmental Justice Network, Waterkeeper Alliance and Winyah Rivers Alliance filed suit in Wake County Superior Court challenging amendments to NC’s so-called “Right to Farm Act” which the General Assembly passed over the Governor’s veto in 2017 and 2018.
Devon Hall, REACH’s co-founder and Program Manager, lives near more than two dozen industrial hog operations. “This is my family’s homeplace,” Mr. Hall said. “Although I am not a plaintiff in the ongoing nuisance case, I believe that the North Carolina General Assembly overstepped its constitutional grounds to block me or anyone else from seeking justice in court from anyone that has caused unreasonable harm to a neighbor.” Mr. Hall adds, “How is it that the state can take away my community’s ability to protect our homes and health in this way? How can that be right?”