Fight Against Controversial "Human Waste" Fertilizer

May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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May 1, 2014 Updated May 1, 2014 at 11:29 PM EDT

(WKBW)
Pendleton, NY

Another Niagara County neighborhood fighting against a company that uses human waste in its fertilizer.

Farmers and residents in Niagara County are concerned about the potential smell and potential health hazards surrounding the use of a fertilizer called Equate, which has human waste components which is produced by Quasar Energy Group on Liberty Driver in Wheatfield and North America Driver in West Seneca.

"Somehow the spreading of this has been put directly in front of my food processing facility and I am not happy," said Brendan Smith, Owner of Smith's Orchard on Mapleton Road in the Town of Pendleton.

"Between Love Canal and Tonawanda Coke we don't think we need anymore toxicity put into our land," added Helene Petrakis who lives in Wheatfield.

It was a packed room at a public hearing in Pendleton Thursday night with many dead set against allowing Quasar to put a drop of Equate in the ground in Niagara County.

Senator George Maziarz and Assemblyman Ray Walter are calling on the Department of Environmental Conservation to revoke 10 permits already issued to Quasar for farm fields in Cambria, Lewiston, Pendleton, Wheatfield and Wilson.

The Pendleton Town Board hopes to regulate the use of Equate but is doubtful it will be successful in banning the substance all together.

The Board is expected to propose an ordinance regulating Equate at another meeting on May 12th.

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