Trainloads of Stranded Biosolids Causing a Stink in Alabama

The townspeople of Parrish, Alabama, are fed up with the stench hanging over their town as 10 million pounds of biosolids sit stationary across from a baseball field

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A train full of biosolids is causing a big stink in a small Alabama town. As many as 250 containers, or around 10 million pounds, of biosolids have been sitting stationary at a railyard in Parrish since February, and the town’s residents are not happy campers.

“It's so frustrating,” Mayor Heather Hall tells CNN. “You can’t sit out on your porch. Kids can’t go outside and play, and God help us if it gets hot and this material is still out here.”

Another frustrating aspect for the townspeople is that the waste isn’t theirs. It’s being shipped from New York and New Jersey to Big Sky Environmental, a private landfill in Adamsville, Alabama.

Since there aren’t zoning laws in Parrish, the biosolids found a temporary home there. Although Big Sky claimed the containers would only be there 10 days, they’ve been sitting there for months.

The town is only 2 square miles in size, and with the containers parked across from its baseball field, the smell is hanging over the entire town.

“People need to understand that this waste does not need to be in a populated area,” Hall says. “There are places to put it, industrial places. We’re a very small town caught in the middle of this, and I feel like that’s part of the issue here. This shouldn’t be happening.”

Source: CNN


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