Wheatfield, NY - The proposed expansion of a bio-energy plant in the town of Wheatfield is raising questions among residents who fear it could have an impact on their community.
Wheatfield resident Julie Otto wants to know why the site on Liberty Drive needs a 5 million gallon storage tank for sludge.
The firm calls it equate. It's a byproduct of the existing plant which takes food waste, fats, oils, grease, and treated residue from sewer plants and processes it under a DEC permit to generate biogas like methane for energy production.
Now the company wants town approval for onsite storage for the sludge, which would be applied as fertilizer on farm fields.
Quasar's Nate Carr says "This is a product that has been proven through this time of 30 years and studied extensively to be safe."