A train load of poop â€” literally â€” is sitting in an Alabama rail yard after local residents, for some strange reason, objected to using the material as ground cover at a landfill in Adamsville, AL:
Dozens of train cars carrying 10 million pounds of poop have been stranded in a rural Alabama rail yard for almost two months, shipped from waste management facilities in other places https://t.co/ZkVxoZhH4k pic.twitter.com/WxMBRZWL40
â€” CNN (@CNN) April 4, 2018
The poop, technically calledÂ biosolids, is the processed remains from sewage water treatment plants in New York and New Jersey which had contracted with the Alabama landfill:
â€” NJ.com (@njdotcom) April 4, 2018
A train full of New Yorkers' rotting poop is reportedly stinking up rural Alabama, and residents are none too pleased https://t.co/bRqcU9D9Kr
â€” NBC New York (@NBCNewYork) April 5, 2018
But, surprise! Using processed poop as landfill cover is smelly and the town sued to end the practice. Via NJ.com:
Big Sky received approval from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to begin using the biosolids as alternative cover at the landfill in 2016.
Parrishâ€™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.
Easy solution: Send the poop back and let New York and New Jersey deal with it.