The Record email@example.com Friday, September 25, 2020 Page 7 COLUMNIST The arrival of the new piles was accompanied by a vile, overpowering stench. Whatever the piles were, they definitely were not black earth. “Some 15 years ago, we did get sludge from a paper mill,” he recalls. “There were several truckloads, and not all from the same place. Some of it was dry and easy to work with, but some was wet, sticky and smelly. According to the paperwork, it was all the same stuff, but just by the smell you could tell it wasn’t. The foul smell lingered all summer and was especially noticeable after a rain.”
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