Touchstone Pistachio Modification


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
Touchstone Pistachio Modification
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
pistachio orchards / AE-40 (Exclusive Agriculture-40 Acre Minimum) / Valley Agriculture
Document Description
The project applicant is proposing the following changes/additions to the existing pistachio processing facility: • Addition of a future metal pistachio warehouse/multipurpose building: (max. size 160,000 sq. ft. (200' x 800') • Future regrading/paving of the employee parking lot; • Addition of two future truck scales; • Addition of a new "Shipping" office (approximately 7,280 sq. ft.); and • Modification of WDR permits, including: o Addition of two parcels totaling approximately 311 acres to the process water land application area (APNs 319-140-030 and 319-140-032); o Increase flow limits from 0.576 million gallons per day; and o Increase annual flow limits from 26 million gallons per year to 49 million gallons per year. The proposed modifications, when implemented, will result in more efficient facility operations for Touchstone and its employees. The proposed modifications would not add employees or truck trips, and it would not result in additional groundwater consumption. The facility will continue its typical operations of 12 hours per day

Contact Information

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


Terra Bella
Cross Streets
Avenue 88 and Road 112
Parcel #
319-130-024 and 319-130-025
Friant-Kern Canal, Deer Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Valley Fresno 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Agricultural processing plant)
Local Actions
Site Plan, Use Permit, Minor Modification
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hydrology/Water Quality, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]
State Comment Letters [Comments from State Reviewing Agency(ies)]

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