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Town of Lockport extends biosolids moratorium

LOCKPORT - The Lockport Town Board on Wednesday passed a one-year extension of its moratorium on allowing the use of biosolids on land in the town.

The moratorium, which would have expired Dec. 17, was originally passed in September 2015 and was extended for nine months in March. It was originally passed because of the controversy over the use by local farmers of byproducts from a Wheatfield energy-from-waste plant as fertilizer.

The plant, operated by Quasar Energy Group, uses sewage sludge as one of the ingredients for its process. Lockport is awaiting the outcome of a legal challenge by Quasar to Wheatfield's biosolids spreading ban, Town Attorney Michael J. Norris said last month.

Also Wednesday, the board passed a revision of its $14 million waterline repair package, first approved in 2014, adding a list of new roads to the plan. The additions were possible because some of the early projects in the package have come in under budget, and thus the town will not have to borrow any more money for the additional roads.


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