WALTER STOPS HUMAN WASTE FERTILIZER TRANSPORT FROM AMHERST TO NIAGARA COUNTY

WALTER STOPS HUMAN WASTE FERTILIZER
TRANSPORT FROM AMHERST TO NIAGARA COUNTY
Assemblyman Walter fights to put an end to Quasar’s use of Equate in Pendleton.

Assemblyman Ray Walter (R,C,I-Amherst) announced that the Town of Amherst will no longer be sending its sewer waste to Niagara County to be converted into fertilizer, called Equate, by the controversial company Quasar. After speaking with hundreds of Pendleton residents, Walter reached out to Town of Amherst’s Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein to bring his attention to the fact that Amherst was sending their own human waste to Quasar to be made into Equate.

After Walter brought this matter to Dr. Weinstein’s attention, the Supervisor reached out to Amherst’s Waste Water Treatment Plant instructing them to stop sending waste to Quasar. Engineers at the facility have promised Walter and Dr. Weinstein that they would send the waste to the other three companies they are under contract with. Walter assured the citizens of Pendleton and Amherst that he would work in conjunction with Dr. Weinstein to review exactly how much waste has been sent to Quasar already. The contract was formalized in 2013, but will be reviewed in the near future.

“Stopping the spreading of Equate in Pendleton has become a top priority for me and while this is a great first step we still have work to do,” said Walter. “The spreading of human waste as fertilizer in a community like Pendleton is a bad idea. And after speaking with hundreds of Pendleton and Northern Amherst residents, I’m hopeful that we will soon be able to put a stop to this.”

“I’d like to thank Assemblyman Walter for bringing this issue to my attention,” said Dr. Weinstein. “I have instructed our Town’s engineers to stop transferring any waste to Quasar unless it is our only option. In that event, they will notify me before doing so.”

Assemblyman Walter has also been in contact with the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) who informed him that they are aware of the issues surrounding Quasar’s operations. DEC representatives stated they will continue to work with Walter and Sen. George Maziarz to determine the best course of action moving forward.



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