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Big Run trash trains to cease operation

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Bull dozers push trash on the working face of the Big Run Landfill. KEVIN GOLDY / THE INDEPENDENT

COALITION — There is light at the end of the tunnel for those suffering from “trash train blues” in Boyd County.

As part of an agreed summary judgment, trains hauling trash in droves from the northeastern region of the United States and other sites out of state will cease on Tuesday, according to Big Run Landfill parent company EnviroSolutions Inc.

In fact, the last train tentatively scheduled to arrive in the rail yard at Big Run Landfill around 5 or 6 p.m. will be the last locomotive to unload garbage at the landfill, period.

Overloaded trains hauling millions of tons of garbage into the landfill were determined as one of the root causes to the stench hundreds of Boyd County residents have complained about for nearly two years.

The Boyd County Fiscal Court, ESI, the Citizens of Boyd County Environmental Coalition and Tom FitzGerald of the Kentucky Resources Council hammered out a 36-point compromise that would keep the landfill operational while restricting it to accepting only local garbage and requiring it to cap its current working area and start new.

ESI will have a news conference at the railroad tracks as the last train rolls in on Tuesday.

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City and local government reporter for The Independent. Also cover statewide politics when possible. Working on MPA at Morehead State. Began at The Independent in November 2013. Graduated from MSU in December 2013. Bachelor's in Government and Journalism.

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