Marilla’s town attorney plans to meet with state environmental officials on a proposal to amend a permit to spread equate on 120 acres of farmland in both Marilla and the Town of Bennington, Genesee County.
Marilla Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. said during a recent Town Board meeting that he has directed Joel Kurtzhalts to meet with Lisa Porter Czechowicz of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.
Sustainable Bioelectric LLC, a subsidiary of Quasar Energy, is currently approved to spread the equate, or treated fertilizer, on farm fields in the towns of Cambria, Lewiston, Pendleton, Wheatfield and Wilson. The amendment, if approved, would add Marilla and Bennington to the permit application.
The DEC is the lead agency for the state environmental quality review. Under the permit request, the public has until Aug. 7 to make written comments to the DEC, review the documents at the DEC office in Buffalo or at www.mywnynews.com
Sustainable Bioelectric LLC has filed the application to the DEC for the Marilla-Bennington application.
According to the DEC, there would be no adverse impact on the farmland, which is relatively flat. The treated fertilizer would not be spread within 200 feet of any well, said the DEC, which also said concerns for wildlife, water, plants and possible stream pollution were addressed by the applicant.
Quasar digest facilities located in Wheatfield, Niagara County and West Seneca accept manure, food waste, fats, oils, greases, sludge from wastewater treatments plants and other byproducts from the production of ethanol and biodiesel. What is left over is called equate.
No names were listed on the amendment sought by Sustainable Bioelectric. But Gingerich said an Eastwood Road farmer is one of the two in the town who have applied to be allowed to spread the equate. The other farmer, however, withdrew his application, said Gingerich.
The town’s sludge committee has been tasked to study the makeup of equate and develop guidelines for spreading it on farmland. Equate is regulated by state and federal environmental agencies.