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Somerset playground closed due to chicken manure spill

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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 11:54 a.m.

MEYERSDALE — A southwestern Pennsylvania borough council has voted to indefinitely close a playground because of high bacteria counts found there since a truckload of chicken manure spilled nearby.

Meyersdale council voted Tuesday night to close the Paul E. Fuller playground.

The manure spilled on a hill above the playground Aug. 23, and water flows onto the playground during rains, apparently carrying 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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