*Project Withdrawn* Report of Waste Discharge (ROWD) Alternative Source for Active Face Dust Control Water, Visalia Landfill, Tulare County, California


SCH Number
Public Agency
Tulare County
Document Title
*Project Withdrawn* Report of Waste Discharge (ROWD) Alternative Source for Active Face Dust Control Water, Visalia Landfill, Tulare County, California
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
*PROJECT WITHDRAWN PER LEAD REQUEST* Groundwater is currently utilized for dust control operations at the Landfill property which is provided by an on-site well. Based upon data provided by the County, an average of approximately 45,000 gallons per day (GPD) are used for dust control operations. Of this, the County estimates that an average of 8,000 to 12,000 GPD (i.e., two to three 4,000-gallon truck loads) are used for dust control on the active face of WMU-2, with daily water use volumes fluctuating up to 16,000 GPD (i.e., four 4,000-gallon truck loads) contingent upon weather conditions and operational needs. The proposed operations associated with this ROWD include the usage of process wastewater effluent generated at the California Dairy, Inc., (CDI) Facility as an alternate water source for dust control operations within the active face of the WMU. CDI will contract water hauling trucks to transport the processed wastewater effluent from the CDI Facility. The water hauling trucks will be scheduled based upon daily dust control operational requirements and each truck will be equipped with the equipment necessary to apply the process wastewater effluent directly to the active face of WMU-2. No intermediary storage of the process wastewater effluent on the Landfill property is proposed. The proposed operation provides environmental benefits to both CDI and the County that include reduced groundwater usage, reduced carbon footprint, and reduced food waste by providing resiliency to CDI's operations. Expanding CDI's options for the use of this material provides resiliency to CDI's operations and mitigates potential environmental impacts that may be caused by reduced processing capacity at the CDI Facility if existing outlets are unable to accept CDI's process wastewater effluent. Specifically, if CDI is unable to receive milk or has a reduced capacity to receive milk, then some of CDI's members may be left with no outlet for their milk. In such circumstances, dairymen are left with no other option than to "spill milk" on land. Resiliency is necessary because there are few existing outlets that can receive CDI's process wastewater effluent seven days a week. The proposed operations would be performed through a partnership of and coordination with CDI and the County.

Contact Information

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


Cross Streets
Avenue 328
Parcel #
077-020-018, 077-020-02 l, 077-020-024, 077-020-026 and 077-020-030
Other Location Info
8614 Avenue 328, Visalia

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines Class 1 Section 15301 Existing Facilities (c)
Reasons for Exemption
This action is consistent with Section 15301 Class l, Existing Facilities, operation, repair maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features. In this instance, the project consists of using an alternative water source for dust control operations at a Landfill. It should be noted that any environmental impacts would be offset by mitigation identified in the Focused Subsequent EIR Visalia Disposal (Landfill) Site and Biogas and Compost Facility - Land Fill Operations SCH #2021020054 (December 2023). Therefore, the application of CEQA Section 15301 is applicable and appropriate for this project.
County Clerk


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