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The City is committed to managing its biosolids in an environmentally sound, socially acceptable, and cost-effective manner. We are constantly reviewing the program and incorporating continual improvements. In 2005, the City was directed by a writ of mandate issued by the Tulare County Superior Court (Writ) to undertake an evaluation under Section 15168(c) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines to determine if additional CEQA review was required for the 2000 purchase of the Green Acres Farm site in Kern County and the 2000 amendment of the Responsible Biosolids Management (RBM) contract for the transportation and land application of biosolids. Based on the Writ, an addendum to the 1989 and 1996 Biosolids Program Environment Impact Reports (EIR) was prepared and approved by the City Council on December 8, 2010. In April 2012, the Court Order ruled that the addendum was inadequate to discharge the Writ and directed the City “to do a new Initial Study per §15168(c)(1), and to proceed thereafter as required by law.” As directed by the court, the City has prepared an Initial Study and will prepare the Green Acres Biosolids Land Application EIR. Click here to view the CEQA documentation and find out how to provide comments on the process.
This site was updated on
February 19, 2013
The management of biosolids is supported by several divisions within the Bureau of Sanitation. Each division is important in helping the City manage its biosolids in a safe and environmentally sound manner. Listed below are the mission statements for each division. The management team organizational chart is available for download in Adobe Acrobat format.
- Bureau of Sanitation:
To protect the public and environment.
- Treatment Plant Division:
(Hyperion Treatment Plant, Terminal Island Water Reclamation Plant): To protect public health and the environment by providing quality, cost effective wastewater treatment, residual management, and resource recovery.
- Human Resources Development Division:
Preparing employees to safely and effectively perform their roles in protecting the public and the environment.
- Industrial Waste Management Division:
To protect public health and safety, the wastewater system, and the environment by implementing an effective and efficient program for source control of pollutants while enhancing relationships with industry, government, and public.
- Environmental Monitoring Division:
To provide quality and cost-effective environmental data, research and assessment in support of the Bureau's operation, compliance, and source control activities to protect public health and the environment.
- Regulatory Affairs Division:
To assist the Bureau in proactively identifying, understanding, and responding to existing, emerging, and evolving environmental issues, policies, legislation, and regulations, ensuring they are reasonably achievable, and scientifically based, while partnering with regulatory agencies, environmental groups, City offices and other affected stakeholders.
- Solid Resources Processing and Construction Division:
To serve the public and protect the environment by the operation of transfer stations and yard trimmings processing facilities, and through the beneficial use and management of City-owned landfills, while providing support to the Bureau's Solid Resources Management Program.
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