MARILLA, N.Y.(WIVB)- Working against a midnight deadline when a six month moratorium would’ve expired, Marilla Town Board members unanimously approved a new local law restricting biosludge Friday evening.
“God bless America, God bless Marilla, we won !” shouted a man in the packed Marilla Community Center. Most were thrilled to see the Town Board uninimously pass a Local Law that places so many restrictions on biolsludge that it would make it almost impossible for anyone to bring in the byproduct of sewage treatment.
A company called Quasar had an agreement with a Marilla farmer to use it as fertilizer in his fields, but other Marilla farmers and residents feared the long term effects.
Asked what his biggest fear is, Marilla farmer Dean Schilling said “Love Canal..look at what they’ve done there. They can’t give away the houses. Farming means a lot to me, it’s the generation thing. These guys from Quasar, all they are in businessmen.”
Nate Carr represented Quasar energy at the meeting. “There’s an overwhelming body of scientific evidence out there that shows this is safe and very beneficial. It’s been used for decades across the country around the world.”
Carr nsists this local law is too restrictive under the right to farm law and will be challenged. “Any law is only good if it can stand.”
Marilla Town Supervisor Earl Gingerich is confident that the restrictions are specific enough that the law cannot be challenged. He asked for continued suport from the community. “We still have a struggle ahead of us, so I need you to be united as a community. I need the Town Board to be united and be vigilant.”
“Representatives of other towns like Lewiston, Wheatfield and Pendleton were also present for the vote because they plan to pass similar restrictions on biosludge.