Wheatfield, N.Y. (WKBW) – Residents in Wheatfield said they are fed up with Quasar Energy Group. Quasar is the company in charge of storing and applying Equate, a human-waste based fertilizer.
Residents said they don’t want to see any more even potentially hazardous materials coming to their area. Now, town officials said they are working to ban the substance.
Many people spoke out at a town board meeting, Monday. Some resident are comparing this situation with the Love Canal controversy. They worry about the safety and health of people in the area.
“We just want to make sure that it really does protect us. There still is a shadow of doubt among residents. We are asking you insure some safety measures so you have the health and safety of us in mind so that these toxins don't get in our food, water, air or land,” one resident said.
Quasar is planning to put a five million gallon tank of Equate at their Liberty Drive location in Wheatfield. They also have permits from the DEC that will allow them to spray fields in the area. The ban would stop the use and storage of equate in Wheatfield.
“We are taking information of a potential law that we may pass at the next board meeting or two meetings down that road that would ban the usage of bio-solids here in the town of Wheatfield,” Town of Wheatfield Supervisor Bob Cliffe said.
Wheatfield already has a six-month moratorium on Equate while it considers this permanent ban. Wheatfield isn’t the only town fighting Quasar and materials like Equate. Pendleton, Marilla and West Seneca are also involved with the controversy.
We spoke with Quasar representative Nate Carr. He said the substance is processed human and other waste products, very different from raw sewage. He assures the public that it is completely safe.