Who says New Jersey doesn’t give a sh!t about the rest of the nation?
A train full of Jersey feces is laying waste to an Alabama town
(Chris Sheldon, NJ.com) Residents of a small Alabama town have been overwhelmed by the smell of human poop trains marooned in their town for the past two months, and they simply can’t take it anymore.
This photo, from an ADEM inspection of the Big Sky landfill in Adamsville, shows sewage sludge at the landfill for use as alternative cover. This photo, from an ADEM inspection of the Big Sky landfill in Adamsville, shows sewage sludge at the landfill for use as alternative cover.
Several cars loaded with the containers of sewage sludge waste, also called biosolids, are currently sitting at a rail yard in the town of Parrish, where they await transfer to a landfill.
Parrish Mayor Heather Hall told AL.com in February that the situation was temporary, but the trains have not moved.
“The smell really started getting bad here,” Hall told AL.com. “I mean, it was terrible. … You cannot go outside, you can’t sit on your porch, and this stuff, it’s here in our town, it’s not like it’s an industrial area.”
Six wastewater treatment plants from New York City and one from New Jersey had been sending the waste to the Big Sky Environmental landfill in Adamsville for more than a year.
Big Sky received approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to begin using the biosolids as alternative cover at the landfill in 2016.
Parrish’s neighboring town of West Jefferson filed an injunction against Big Sky after residents began to complain about the smell coming from a rail yard that was used to offload the cargo containers from trains onto trucks for transport to the landfill.
The town was successful and as a result, the trains were moved to Parrish and are still sitting there.
Hall told CNN that the Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have told her the material is not dangerous, but that doesn’t stop it from continuing to stink.
She she has not been in contact with Big Sky for weeks and has no idea when the situation will be resolved.
– Chris Sheldon