TX residents raising stink over human waste fertilizer

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 11:32am

A fight over recycled human waste being used as fertilizer is causing more than a stink in Texas.

It's pitting farmers against homeowners worried about their property values.

Using treated human waste as farm fertilizer has a high "ick" factor for a lot of people...

But, there's another reason for a growing number of complaints.

Parker County commissioners held an emergency meeting near treated fields in springtown.

But, not too near.

County Judge Mark Riley got a snootful from angry citizens.

In Austin Tuesday, Judge Riley will ask the Texas commission on environmental quality to ban the practice in Parker County.

Residents in Ellis, Wise, Johnson and other counties also want protection for their way of life and property values.

Tony Walker with the TCEQ fought off flies, while explaining that farmers want the fertilizer and have a right to use it.

A company called Renda Environmental recycles it on 80 to 100 thousand acres a year in north Texas.

But, downwinders grow increasingly angry

This smells like trouble.

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