Protesters welcome Saratoga Biochar Solutions to Hudson Falls
Members of the community had come to voice their concerns regarding NYS first Sewage Sludge BioChar plant from setting up shop in Moreau.. Tracy Frish discussed how the process of sewage sludge disposal through the creation of BioChar results in the concentration of toxins like heavy metals and PFOA's. She also cited the lawsuit in Maine in which farmland was contaminated with sewage sludge and is no longer viable due to pollutants found in the soil.
Moreau Supervisor received thousands of dollars in political donations tied to Biochar project.
HAYLEIGH COLOMBO and JANA DECAMILLA The top local elected official in the town of Moreau, Town Supervisor Todd Kusnierz, has long vowed to help fill up the sparsely populated Moreau Industrial Park with new businesses. And during his 2021 reelection campaign he accepted thousands of dollars in donations connected to the controversial Saratoga Biochar Solutions project that could become the park’s second-ever tenant. READ MORE
'The cleanup crew’: Leaders behind controversial NY biochar business have ties to troubled Nebraska ethanol plant, Iowa sludge dispute
(An) investigation by The Post-Star and Lee Enterprises’ Public Service Journalism Team found that two of the three corporate officers have been in leadership roles with companies that have generated environmental concerns from state regulators, former neighbors or both. And the company’s CEO has no experience in the waste or biosolids industries. READ MORE
Letter to the editor: Independent studies needed on Biochar Aug 13, 2022 Saratoga Biochar Solutions has proposed a project in the Moreau Industrial Park LLC. The good news is it will bring 20 jobs, and it will be the first company to come to the park in 30 years. Read More
Moreau protesters oppose Biochar facility By Natasha Vaughn-Holdridge | July 29, 2022 MOREAU- Protesters gathered Friday in opposition to the proposed Saratoga Biochar Solutions manufacturing facility.Local residents opposed to the project met at the intersection of Routes 9G and 32 Friday afternoon. About three dozen protesters waved signs at passing cars opposing the proposed carbon fertilizer manufacturing facility which would be built in the industrial park. READ MORE
Biochar decision delayed by Moreau Planning Board Jana DeCamilla | July 19, 2022 Concerned citizens attended the Moreau Planning Board Meeting to show their opposition to Saratoga BioChar. Ann Perdue read a letter stating the events that have transpired since the initial application. The Planning Board is requesting 45 days to review the documentation provided by Saratoga BioChar.
Moreau Biochar battle, meeting Monday 7/18. A tense fight over the proposed Saratoga Biochar facility rages on in Moreau. The next town Planning Board meeting is Monday, July 18, at 7 p.m. The minutes say there will be “discussion and review of the resolution prepared by the Town’s Attorney Karla Buettner” for Saratoga Biochar Solutions. Board member Ann Purdue, Esq., told The Chronicle “I believe the draft is going to be a proposed authorization of, or approval of, the site plan.” The facility, which would be located in the Moreau industrial park, would truck in “biosolids” and heat them up with “pyrolysis” to create “a carbon fertilizer. READ MORE HERE
Moreau meeting about proposed fertilizer plant abruptly canceled. Jana DeCamilla Apr 19, 2022 High profile meeting of the Moreau Town Planning Board cancelled.Members of the community had come to voice their concerns regarding NYS first Sewage Sludge BioChar plant from setting up shop in Moreau.. Tracy Frish discussed how the process of sewage sludge disposal through the creation of BioChar results in the concentration of toxins like heavy metals and PFOA's. She also cited the lawsuit in Maine in which farmland was contaminated with sewage sludge and is no longer viable due to pollutants found in the soil. READ THE ARTICLE HERE
Moreau to put Biochar plant under independent review. Jay Petrequin | May 16, 2022 Saratoga BioChar claims there would be no harm to the environment. Town Board voted for an Independent Review. Community is concern about air quality and pollution READ the ARTICLE HERE