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Stinky excavation of sheep remains starts in Troutdale

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If you live in Troutdale, brace yourself for a stinky few weeks. Crews have started digging up the property at an old wool pullery where workers used to bury sheep hides.

Officials have warned neighbors the project will create an offensive odor.

Amy Roach lives above the property and she’s just relieved they didn’t start digging in the heat of the summer.

“We didn’t know what was down there, but it just sounds kind of gross.  I’m hoping that it’s not too bad of a smell.”

Eastwinds Developments owns the property that’s right off of I-84, at the base of the old Troutdale water tower. It’s the site of the old Bissinger wool pullery – open from the early 1900s to 1960.

Workers started digging Monday and thought they’d see full sheep carcasses, but so far, they’ve just found sheep hides.

DEQ expert Rebecca Wells-Albers says the material is not toxic, but considering the property is just 200 yards from the Sandy River, they didn’t want to take any chances.

“When a building is constructed on top of it, could vapors from this material emanate up through the building and case some issues? Could this material affect ground water? It’s just a good idea to get this material out of the ground,” said Wells-Albers.

Crews purposely started digging now so the rain could help suppress the smell. They’re also spraying the area with foam that acts like an air freshener. But even so, Wells-Albers says the 4-week project will be a stinky one for nearby residents.

“It’s a similar smell if you’ve been to a feed lot or something like that. It’s not pleasant for sure."

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