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Spill reported at anaerobic digester in Wheatfield

WHEATFIELD — A spill of material believed to be non-hazardous was reported late Sunday afternoon at Quasar Energy Group’s Liberty Drive anaerobic digester, authorities said.

State Police were called just after 5:30 p.m. for a report of a spill leaking down the side of one of the digester’s silos through a vent.

The plant converts food waste and sludge from sewage treatment plants into methane gas, used to produce electricity or compressed natural gas. The process leaves behind a byproduct that the company calls “equate,” rich in nitrogen, which Quasar offers to local farmers as fertilizer.

The “minimal” spill was contained to within a couple feet of the silo, said Jon Schultz, the Niagara County Emergency Management director.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation and Frontier Volunteer Fire Company also responded to the scene. Firefighters placed booms out to further contain the material as a precaution until a cleanup Monday, he said.

A company spokesman could not be reached late Sunday to comment.