Chicken Manure Spill Closes Town Playground

MEYERSDALE, Pa. (September 11, 2013)--The Paul E. Fuller playground in Meyersdale, Pa., will remain closed indefinitely because of lingering contamination from a chicken manure spill last month.

The Meyersdale Borough Council voted Tuesday night to close the playground.

The manure spilled on a hill above the playground on Aug. 23.

Water that flows onto the playground when it rains evidently carries bacteria from the manure.

Borough workers treated the area with lime, but say bacteria counts including salmonella haven't decreased.

Councilman Roger Miller says his own unscientific methods have confirmed those findings saying, "My nose tells me there's a problem out there."

Miller asked a borough worker about the results of recent bacteria tests and says he was told, "You don't want to know."

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