Visalia Landfill – Compost and Biomass Conversion Facility

6 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
Visalia Landfill – Compost and Biomass Conversion Facility
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
Tulare County proposes to develop and operate a composting facility and biomass facility within the County's Visalia Landfill property boundaries in order to comply with SB 1383 regulations. The Project includes a covered aerated static pile (CASP) compost facility to be located on a 36-acre site located in a soil borrow recessed approximately 20 feet below grade. The facility will be designed to accept up to 200,000 tons per year (TPY) in increments of 50,000 TPY technology modules and can store up to 200,000 cubic yards on-site of organic material that would have otherwise been landfilled. The compost facility includes processing and composting equipment, a 50,000 square foot processing building, compacted compost pads, and a lined pond. The compost facility would utilize approximately 15-20 employees and include an approximate 1,000 square foot office. Tulare County Public Works is proposing to amend their CUP to add a 2.0 mega-watt (MW) biomass conversion facility at their landfill. The facility will produce electricity, heat and biochar using wood fuel that will be provided by local activities to reduce landfill disposal to meet SB 1383 mandates by 2025. The biomass facility will utilize approximately 18,000 bone dry tons (BDT) of wood chips per year or 25,000 tons of per year of wet recovered wood waste and produce approximately a net amount (after parasitic load) 2.0 MW of electrical energy per hour. The facility will also produce approximately 20-30 MM BTU of waste heat and approximately 300-600 pounds of biochar per hour. The facility is planned to operate 24/7, however it is anticipated that the gas production equipment and gensets will operate between 7,000 and 8,000 hours per year, approximately 80-90% capacity.

Contact Information

Hector Guerra
Agency Name
Tulare County Resource Management Agency
Job Title
Chief Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Bryce Howard
Agency Name
County of Tulare Solid Waste
Job Title
Solid Waste Director
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Citywide, Countywide, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Avenue 328 and Road 80
Total Acres
Parcel #
St. John's River
Other Location Info
specific address: 8614 Avenue 328, Visalia, CA

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 6 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Energy Commission, California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno Region 5 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Development Types
Other (Compost & Biomass Conversion (200,000 tpy))
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hydrology/Water Quality, Septic System, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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