Residents fighting to keep human waste trains from coming back to Adamsville landfill


JEFFERSON CO, Ala (WIAT) — The train caring human waste is still out of Jefferson County cities, but community members are worried it could reappear at any moment.

Residents are holding a town hall meeting on Thursday to voice their concerns.

The problem has been plaguing the small town of Adamsville for several months. Right now, community members are waiting on answers from the Alabama Department of Environmental Management and Big Sky Environmental. 

“Nobody in Alabama needs sewage dumped on them from another state,” said David Brasfield, a resident of West Jefferson. “We have our own issues and we can handle our own issues.”

Issues began when Big Sky Environmental, a landfill in Adamsville, changed a permit that allowed them to dump sewage sludge. Since the waste could no longer be dumped in the landfill, it sat in trains stalled in the town. The trains have since been removed, but residents are still dealing with problems left behind. 

“The flies are just crazy. The nats are unbearable. My children can’t even play outside,” said Tammi Taylor, the organizer of Thursday’s meeting and a resident of Adamsville. “It’s not normal and it needs to stop,”

ADEM has not returned CBS 42’s email request on whether they’ll reissue the permit and allow Big Sky to keep allowing the human waste to be dumped.

West Jefferson Mayor Charles Nix said the silence from ADEM is disrespectful. 

“Why they haven’t come and said, ‘We didn’t realize it was going to cause this big of a problem. You weren’t blowing it out of proportion. It is a major problem, we’re sorry it happened and we won’t do it again.’ That’s what I would like to hear,” Mayor Nix said.

In Thursday’s town hall meeting, Taylor says a river-keeper will come to explain the long-term effects of having the waste around. 

“It is a health concern. He will bring loads of information telling and showing everyone how ADEM and Big Sky violated so many laws which is why we should be concerned,” said Taylor.

Brasfield doesn’t want officials to think the removal of the trains was the end of the problem. 

“I just want them to realize we’re not quitting. We’re here. Just because it’s calmed down right now does not mean it’s over. And we’ll be here and standing against them till the last thing happens,” said Brasfield. 

The meeting will be held on Thursday at 6 p.m. at the House of Prayer in Adamsville.

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