WALES CENTER, N.Y. (WIVB) – Town of Wales board members decided they would establish a one-year moratorium on spreading and storing biosludge when they met Tuesday evening.
The biosolids material is a byproduct of the process that turns solid waste into methane gas. A West Seneca-based company, Quasar, is marketing it as a fertilizer.
The Town of Marilla recently passed sweeping restrictions on biosludge after a farmer there contracted with Quasar for its fertilizer.
That move was celebrated by many residents, some of whom question the safety of the product and its long term effects. During the Town of Marilla’s decision making process, a representative for Quasar Energy assured residents the product is safe. “There is an overwhelming body of scientific evidence out there that shows this is safe and very beneficial,” said Nate Carr. “It’s been used for decades across the country and around the world.”
Even so, there are a lot of people in the Town of Wales that seem to be in favor of a moratorium, which would give the town time to do more research before passing a law that would bring permanent restrictions.
Other town residents, however, have spoken out against the proposed moratorium and any restrictions on biosludge. They point out the federal government has approved the use of it.