Soybeans spilled by derailment rotting
SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) -- Soybeans spilled by a freight train in April are raising a stench in August.
The Bonner County Daily Bee reports the Panhandle Health District has been receiving complaints from residents near the site of the derailment northeast of Sandpoint, saying the smell from the rotting soybeans is seriously impacting their quality of life.
While most of the soybeans were cleaned up, what was left is decaying. One nearby household reported that the smell was bad enough to keep them indoors.
Panhandle Health spokeswoman Cynthia Taggart says the original plan was to bury the rotting soybeans, but the Department of Environmental Quality still has to weigh in.
More than a dozen freight cars derailed on April 1 after saturated soil gave way, taking a 350-foot section of track with it.
Information from: Bonner County (Idaho) Daily Bee, http://www.bonnercountydailybee.com