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July 9, 2014

Area residents oppose Quasar


Tonawanda News — On Monday, the town awarded a contract to M&T Trucking Inc., which will haul the waste away. But exactly where the waste is going remains unclear, and residents from Wheatfield and West Seneca don’t want it going to the facilities near their homes.

“As Wheatfield residents, we don’t understand why we have to suffer so Tonawanda can get rid of its problem,” Laurie Galbo said.

Wheatfield resident Monica Daigler, who led the fight in her hometown to ban the spread and storage of Quasar’s fertilizer, said she hopes to stop the supply of waste to the company.

“I don’t like using the word ‘biosolid’ because people don’t realize how dangerous it is,” she said. “As more people learn about this, they’re disturbed.”

The state Department of Environmental Conservation regulates the process and requires sampling of Quasar’s equate fertilizer before it is stored or used.

Although the DEC states on its website that the fertilizer product is non-hazardous, opponents of the company argued Monday that equate contains human waste, and thus contains pathogens that would contaminate the environment.

“There will be longterm health effects,” Annmarie Reed, of Pendleton, said. “It will allow pathogens to enter our land and water ... properties will be contaminated.”

Quasar spokesman Nate Carr was not available for an interview Tuesday, but said in an email that equate is a non-hazardous alternative to chemical fertilizers. State and federal agencies have reviewed and studied the product and determined that it is safe, Carr said. 

“By contracting with Quasar, communities like the Town of Tonawanda reduce costs while contributing to producing renewable energy and a nutrient-rich fertilizer product. It’s a local resource used locally, supporting local economies,” he said. 

Also at Monday’s meeting, the town board approved adding no standing signs on Parker Boulevard near its intersection with Ogden Road. The intersection was the site of fatal motorcycle accident in April.

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