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Granby smell comes from 'human waste' fertilizer

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Town officials said biosolids that come from human waste were being spread on fields as fertilizer. (WFSB photo) Town officials said biosolids that come from human waste were being spread on fields as fertilizer. (WFSB photo)

A foul stench in Granby has people wrinkling their noses. The town said it's gotten so bad that it's been fielding countless questions about it.

Town officials said the smell was actually from human waste that's being turned into biosolids for fertilizing fields.

"Depending on the weather, like today, I don't really smell anything," said Haile Germon of Granby. "But when it gets very warm outside it, it makes you want to stay inside all day."

Germon said the smell came from the local fields.

"Smells like there is a sewer system leaking in town," she said.

Farmers said they're using the biosolids to fertilize the soil. The product started as human waste, but once the sewage sludge is processed, it's allowed to be spread on fields.

Germon said she lives right next to one and said it's unbearable at times.

"The smell is very disturbing compared to cow mature, which most people around here are used to," she said.

The Farmington Valley Health District said biosolids were safe because they were treated. They were also approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Town officials said several farmers rent the space to grow corn for farm animals. They confirmed that the fertilizer was being used on a few locations in town.

However, more people have complained about it. The police department put up a post on its Facebook page to explain what people were smelling.

"I think they should go back to what they were using before," Germon said. "It smelled just fine compared to what they are using now."

Town officials said some town buildings were evacuated about two weeks ago because of the smell. The people inside thought there was a gas leak. It turned out to be the biosolids.

Anyone with a concern or complaint can call the Farmington Valley Health District.

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