Clean Harbors WMU Solid Waste Disposal Facility by Clean Harbors Buttonwillow, LLC


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Kern County
Document Title
Clean Harbors WMU Solid Waste Disposal Facility by Clean Harbors Buttonwillow, LLC
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Project Applicant
Clean Harbors Buttonwillow, LLC
Present Land Use
Present Land Use: Solid Waste Disposal Facility/Undeveloped Land; Present Zoning: A (Exclusive Agriculture); Present Kern County General Plan: 3.4 (Solid Waste Disposal Facility); 8.3 (Extensive Agriculture, 20 acre min).

Document Description
The Clean Harbors Buttonwillow Facility is an existing commercial waste management facility that accepts solid, semi-solid, and liquid, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes for treatment, storage, or disposal. The proposed project includes Kern County's modification of existing land use authorizations to include an expanded permitted disposal area to facilitate the construction and operation of additional non-hazardous waste landfill units and an expanded permitted facility area to accommodate a soil stockpiles area; an increase in non-hazardous waste truck traffic; an increase to permitted disposal capacity for additional non-hazardous waste; the construction and operation of four new waste tank treatment buildings; and construction and operation of a latex paint recycling building. In addition, the project proponent has submitted a renewal application to the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) for the existing Hazardous Waste Facility Permit. Land use authorizations for the facility were originally approved by the Kern County Board of Supervisors in 1982. Modifications to Conditional Use Permit (CUP) 4 were approved on December 12, 1994, November 30, 2004, July 13, 2010, and December 16, 2014 by both the Kern County Planning Commission and Kern County Board of Supervisors. See NOC for full details.

Contact Information
Janice Mayes
Kem County Planning and Natural Resources Department
2700 "M" Street, Suite 100
Bakersfield, CA 93301-2323

Phone : (661) 862-8793


35°24'20"N 119°36'25"W
McKittrick; Buttonwillow; and South Belridge
Total Acres
Parcel #
099-290-17 and 099-261-32
State Highways
15; 33, 46, and 58
Union Pacific Railroad Co.
Elk Hills/Buttonwillow
California Aqueduct

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Hazardous Waste (DTCS Renewal) Waste Treatment (Solid Waste) Other (Non-Haz Facility Exp & Haz Waste Permit Renewal)
Local Action
General Plan Amendment Rezone Use Permit DTSC Renewal
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Agricultural Land Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Drainage/Absorption Flood Plain/Flooding Forest Land/Fire Hazard Geologic/Seismic Minerals Noise Public Services Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Solid Waste Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Conservation California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery California Department of Transportation, District 6 California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics California Department of Water Resources California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 California State Lands Commission Central Valley Flood Protection Board Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights California Native American Heritage Commission


Environmental Document
Clean Harbors NOP   PDF 25061 K Summary_Form_for_Document_Submittal   PDF 576 K
NOC   PDF 1115 K
State Comments
2020069034_NAHC Comment   PDF 317 K

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