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June 24, 2014

Wheatfield residents put Quasar front and center at board meeting

Niagara Gazette — WHEATFIELD — Town residents are not letting the their local representatives forget how they feel about Quasar and its product, equate. 

Though the topic was not on this week's agenda, the first half hour of Monday night's town board meeting saw a series of residents taking their turns reminding their government officials that they want nothing to do with the fertilizer and that its ban is of the utmost importance. At this time, a law is still being drafted to legally prevent equate from being used in the Town of Wheatfield. 

"Even though we know there is no vote tonight, thank you for moving forward with the ban," said Monica Daigler, addressing the board. "We're still out there rallying the troops. We don't want it going on our fields. Whether it's a Class A or a Class B, it's all human waste. Whatever kind, it's dangerous to put on the land."

Other residents followed suit, sharing the findings of their research on what happens when biosolids are used as fertilizer. They reminded the board that the people of Wheatfield are still out collecting petition signatures and watching to make sure their fields are kept safe from equate.

"I want to thank the members of the Home Committee," said Councilman Larry Helwig. "You're all a very important part of this process, as we are. You guys are doing a great job. Keep up the hard work."

Nate Carr, representing Quasar, pointed out that some of the information residents used to state their case came from studies that also said that there was no definitive proof that the use of biosolids on fields caused harm to the subject. He said that any company wishing to increase its success should always be willing to do more research. 

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