Marilla Extends Moratorium on Farmer's "Sludge" Storage

MARILLA, NY - Leaders in the Town of Marilla continue to fight a farmer's plans to store fertilizer whose components they say include treated human waste, and metals and viruses, which they say is detrimental to animals, plants and humans.

On Thursday night, the board decided to extend a moratorium for six more months with a unanimous vote.

Despite that, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has approved the farmer's application for a solid waste permit.

Opponents of the operation call the fertilizer "toxic sewage sludge," and consider it a commercial operation once it is stored for transfer. Farmer Stanley Travis still wants to lease his 587,000-gallon tank to Quasar Energy, but Town Supervisor Earl Gingerich says it won't happen with the current administration in place.


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