Town needs a few good noses

March 12, 2008 5:52:54 AM PDT
The city of Northampton, Massachusetts, is looking for a few good -- noses.

The city is hiring specially trained people with nifty-sniffers to check out landfill odors.

The sniff-squad will determine whether the garbage dump stinks too much for neighbors to stand.

The super sniffers are trained to detect and rate the strength of rotting trash, landfill gases and other unpleasantries.

State officials warn that if the dump flunks the smell test, the city could be fined or ordered to make changes.