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The Marilla Town Board voted last week to authorize Town Attorney Joel Kurtzhalts to investigate a state Department of Environmental Conservation review on which the DEC based its decision to issue a permit authorizing the use of a bio-solids storage tank.

Kurtzhalts is to report his findings to the Town Board about the permit issued to Sustainable BioPower, LLC a subsidiary of Quasar Energy Group, to use a tank on Trav-co Farms, 2095 Eastwood Road, to store bio-solids from their digester plant.

In a separate action, the Board voted to authorize Supervisor Earl Gingerich Jr. to negotiate with area town supervisors to share the cost of legal and professional services in an effort to control the spreading and storage of bio-solids or sewage sludge in the towns.

Gingerich said several towns had expressed interest in joining forces to provide a united front to keep the bio-solids out of their towns.

Sludge Committee Chairman Joseph Barbarits said he and two other members had met with representatives from Lewiston, Pendleton and West Seneca to form a Facebook page to inform residents.

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