Rancid smelling sewage train rolls out of Alabama town

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PARRISH, Ala. — A loaded sewage train that wreaked havoc on the senses of residents in a small Alabama community for two months has rolled out of town for good.

Parrish Mayor Heather Hall announced on Facebook this week that Norfolk Southern had moved the final few carloads of sewage out of town and to an area landfill on Tuesday.

“I know this situation took longer than anyone, especially myself, had hoped it would take to come to an end,” the mayor wrote.

Hundreds of sewage-filled containers loaded on flat cars had been sitting in a rail yard in the tiny town of Parrish, about 35 miles northwest of Birmingham, since January. The waste was from New York and New Jersey and was on its way to a landfill in nearby Adamsville, Ala., when another town, West Jefferson, filed a lawsuit to prevent Big Sky Environmental from storing the rail cars in their community. The cars were then parked in Parrish, where there were no local zoning rules preventing such storage, much to the dismay of the 982 residents.

Sewage is a stinky, yet at times profitable business for railroads. According to the Association of American Railroads, more than half a million carloads of waste and scrap materials originated on American railroads in 2016.

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