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April 6, 2014

Lewiston officials say town code should keep waste, Quasar out


Niagara Gazette — Aiding the fight, board members say, is the local “home rule” policy, which allows the town’s codes to supersede any permit the DEC has issued. It’s this idea where Brochey has hammered Quasar in recent public statements, going as far as saying he told the company’s representatives they’d be best leaving the entire county.

“I did forward information on our code book to the Quasar people via (Building Inspector) Tim Masters and their attorney’s supposed to be looking it over to interpret it hopefully the same way we interpret it, which is ‘keep ‘em away from us,’” he said. “I explained to them they’d be doing us all a great favor if they left Niagara County and go back to Ohio. Whether they take that advice or not, they’ve been pretty cordial with me on the phone.

“I’m not going to say anything bad about them. They do stand by their product and (understand) my concern. You see, when I was younger, bacon was good for me. But it’s not good for me now. And what you interpret as good today may not be good 20, 25 years from now.”

Quasar, though, says the company’s products and plans are being misconstrued by residents. In a written statement provided to the Niagara Gazette, company spokesperson Jon Cohen said though the company’s aware and respectful of the safety concerns residents and board members have, Quasar isn’t “in the business of storing, dumping or otherwise creating waste,” but instead creates something useful from it.

In addition, the byproduct liquid, he said, has the ability to provide cost-savings to farmers and has had an impact on a few related markets, given the ability to proceed.

“It lowers the cost of farming for local farms,” Cohen said. “For example, it has been a tremendous boon to the growing yogurt industry across New York state and it provides a modern alternative to the conventional ‘bury or burn’ treatment of municipal waste. It also reduces the threat of run-off contamination posed by traditional fertilizing methods.”

Contact reporter Timothy Chipp at 282-2311, ext. 2251, or follow on Twitter @timchipp.

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