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The Activist Who Went to Seed in a Field of New York Manure

New York poop in Pecos County, Texas. What are the politics of trash in this case?

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What we were looking for in Sierra Blanca, Texas, was a field covered with New York poop. Surprisingly, New York poop does not look shockingly different from anyone else’s poop; for that matter it isn’t very different from cow poop, which is plentiful around Sierra Blanca. But the problem may be that I don’t have very extensive training as a scatologist.

In 1992, New York City made a deal with a company called Merco to take treated sewage from New York to Sierra Blanca where it would be spread on fields as fertilizer. According to the sludge permit: the “sludge will be beneficially land applied on approximately 78,500 acres.” The sludge was applied for about 10 years before the contract expired and was not renewed. Some people said the sludge shipments stopped because New York found a better place, while others said it was because of the public opposition.

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