There is a train carrying 10 million pounds of poop parked right now in a rural Alabama rail yard. The residents of Parrish, Alabama have had enough of the stinky situation as the train has been stranded for two months in their town.
Parrish has a population of 982 residents and has an area of about two square miles so nearly everyone is within smelling distance of the awful stench. Residents say that the waste smells like dead bodies.
“You can’t open your door because that stuff gets in your house,” said one Parrish resident. “It’s really rough.”
“It’s so frustrating,” said Parrish Mayor Heather Hall. “They’re trying to work behind the scenes to get us a little bit of help, but we’ve been told that for weeks, and there’s still no solution.”
The poop belongs to Big Sky Environmental, a landfill in Adamsville, Alabama. Residents of nearby West Jefferson filed an injunction against Big Sky to keep the sludge out of their rail yard and as a result, the train was moved to Parrish.
“It greatly reduces the quality of life,” Hall continued. “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 there.”
The Environmental Protection Agency and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have both told the mayor that the material isn’t dangerous.
“Other than it smelling absolutely terrible, I have to trust them that it’s not going to hurt you,” said Hall. “But if you have asthma or COPD or breathing problems, what is that going to do to you?”
“The rail yard is probably less than 50 yards away from homes. What happens if flies get into someone’s house?” she continued. “Is that not a public health issue?”
Nobody knows when the poop will be moved. Big Sky initially told the mayor that it would be moved in 7-10 days, but that was two months ago.
This isn’t the first time this has happened either. In January, residents of Birmingham, Alabama were outraged when 80 train cars of poop stopped in their city. At one point there were 252 tractor trailer loads of sludge sitting in the town.
“People need to understand that this waste does not need to be in a populated area. There are places to put it, industrial places,” Hall said. “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.”
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