MARILLA, N.Y. (WIVB) - A farmer in Marilla is looking to use his million-gallon storage tank for bio-waste. But his neighbors in the southtowns are turning up their noses and and plan to stop the material from being stored in their town.
The bio-waste which in its liquid form is used as a fertilizer, would be coming from a West Seneca facility still under construction. The facility, operated by Ohio-based Quasar Energy Group, processes the organic material and food waste..
Town Council member Don Darrows says he will fight any attempts to have the bio-waste transported or stored within the town.
"I want to stop this dead," he said. "We have the ordinances in our codebook to stop this. This is my opinion."
The material would be stored in an existing million-gallon concrete tank on farm land owned by Stan Travis. Travis built the tank around 10 years ago to store manure. The bio-waste stored inside the tank would be used as fertilizer.
But some residents, like Marian Prezyna, have concerns.
"You have chances of spillage when they're filling the tank. Chances of spillage when they're emptying the tank. Chances of overflow when the tank is full," she said.
A Quasar Energy Group official tells News 4 that the tank is well-engineered, and would be inspected weekly. Officials add protections are in place to keep the environment safe.
Marilla Town Supervisor George Gertz says he's withholding judgment about the plan until he has all of the facts.
"We're not going to let something happen in town that would endanger the waterways, you know drinking water, the watershed or people's lives and wells in the area. We're just not going to let that happen," he assured.
The Marilla Town Board is expected to take up the issue next week. The farmer, Stan Travis, says there's a lot of misinformation floating around. He's been farming for nearly 40 years and says he wouldn't be involved in anything that posed a danger.
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