MUP20-0004 (Chris Ottone - North State Rendering)


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Butte County
Document Title
MUP20-0004 (Chris Ottone - North State Rendering)
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Industrial - Rendering Facility (food waste with a septage waste pilot program
Document Description
Minor Use Permit in connection with a current use permit (UP10-0004) to include and allow sewer septage to be processed by North State Rendering, Inc., (NSR) within its existing anaerobic digester. The NSR facility consists of a former rendering facility, bio-digester and pond system. Rendering at the facility was discontinued in 2016. The primary operation since that time is use of the bio-digester to convert food wastes to bio-gas. The material processed includes food waste products such as grease trap material, commercial processed food waste and other waste material (e.g., fruit waste, cheese whey, cow manure, glycerin and olive processing waste). The bio-digester converts the material to methane gas (bio-gas). The waste material is mixed into a slurry and then is fed into the bio-digester which breaks down the waste and produces biogas which is used for electrical generation. It is also compressed and used for vehicle fuel. The byproduct is then transferred to the existing process wastewater pond system. The entire system is comprised of three existing tanks within which the digestion process occurs. The entire process takes between 40 and 60 days. The combined capacity of three tanks comprising the bio-digester system is approximately 950,000 gallons. The estimated current daily average input volume is approximately 16,000 gallons. NSR has a fleet of vehicles that collect waste material and hauls it to the facility. Local haulers also deliver waste material to the facility. The proposed project would allow the processing of septic waste that would otherwise be disposed of the Neal Road Landfill. A pilot study conducted by NSR determined that the bio-digester can process a mixture of food and septic waste and produce both useable bio-gas and an effluent stream that is acceptable for disposal into the existing process wastewater ponds. With approval of MUP20-0004, septage waste would be delivered by septic haulers and unloaded into the existing bio-digester concrete pit. It would be blended with the existing food waste and sent to the biodigester system. The project would not change the overall operation, require any additional infrastructure or expand the capacity of the facility. The septage material would replace a portion of the food waste and offer an alternative to landfill disposal as a method of processing. Solid waste from the screening process would continue to be stored in dumpsters for landfill disposal.

Contact Information

Agency Name
Butte County Development Services
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Countywide, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
Highway 99 and Shippee Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Dry & Clear Crks; Cherokee Canal; Gold Run

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, North Central Region 2 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 3 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Redding Region 5 (RWQCB), Central Valley Flood Protection Board, Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water
Development Types
Industrial (Existing facility. Adding septage waste to their operation)(Sq. Ft. 5000, Acres 26.85, Employees 3)
Local Actions
Use Permit
Project Issues
Air Quality, Drainage/Absorption, Hydrology/Water Quality, Solid Waste
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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