young person writes
QUESTION: How does Amtrek treat the human waste it removes from passenger cars at the end of each trip?
-Jimmy Stubble, age 12, Landfill Meadows Middle School
ANSWER: By "human waste," we assume you're referring to sewage, rather than our passengers, Jimmy.
Actually, no treatment of this effluent is required. The sewage is handled by our facility in New Jersey - a sovereign nation - and is therefore exempt from American sanitation laws. After being emptied from passenger cars, the sewage is transported to our Liquid Waste Facility at Point Pleasant, where it's placed into holding tanks and allowed to age for two weeks. The excrement is then dumped into the pristine Atlantic Ocean, only 100 yards from a bathing beach where thousands of happy New Jerseyites frolic in the surf. But there's no need for concern, Jimmy. This all-natural waste is consumed eagerly by billions of tiny sea creatures that thrive on the vital nutrients. Hence, the timeless cycle of life continues. Amtrek prides itself on being an environmentally-conscious company. That's why we're doing our part to feed the oceans that feed our hungry planet.
|Untreated sewage flows into the ocean after being pumped from
rail cars. Thus, vital nutrients are returned to the ecosphere. Amtrek guarantees this
sewage to be 100% pure.
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