Hold Your Breath Going Through This Alabama Town
Dozens of train cars carrying 10 million pounds of poop are stranded in an Alabama rail yard in the small town of Parrish.
The load has been there for almost two months, and it's making the whole place smell
To make matters worse,it isn't even their poop.
For the last year, waste management facilities in New York and one in New Jersey have been shipping tons of biowaste -- literally, tons -- to Big Sky Environmental, a private landfill in Adamsville, Alabama. But in January, the neighboring town of West Jefferson filed an injunction against Big Sky to keep the sludge from being stored in a nearby rail yard.
It was successful -- but as a result, the poo already in transit got moved to Parrish, where there are no zoning laws to prevent the waste from being stored.
Parrish Mayor Heather Hall said she is doing everything in her power to get the smelly freight out of her town.
Hall said the stench permeates everything. The rail yard is across from a baseball field and next to a softball field. Parrish only measures about 2 square miles, and pretty much everything is within smelling distance.
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 she remarked.
When the she first spoke to the company, when the cars of waste were just beginning stack up in Parrish's rail yard, they told her it would take seven to 10 days to move them out. That was two months ago.
Basically, nobody knows when the poop will be moved.