NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE FOSTER FARMS RENDERING PLANT PROJECT And NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION FOR THE FOSTER FARMS RENDERING PLANT PROJECT And NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARINGS

LEAD AGENCY: City of Livingston Planning Department
1416 C Street
Livingston, CA 95334

PROJECT TITLE: Foster Farms Rendering Plant Project
Site Plan / Design Review 2006-01

PROJECT LOCATION: Foster Farms Livingston Chicken Processing Complex
843 Davis Street
Livingston, CA 95334

PROJECT DESCRIPTION: Foster Farms proposes to expand its rendering operation at the existing poultry processing Complex. As part of the City of Livingston’s application approval process, this Initial Study has been prepared to determine whether an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or a Negative Declaration must be prepared or to identify significant environmental effects that must be analyzed in an EIR. A Site Plan/Design Review application is also required by the City for this Project to assure compatibility and harmony in appearance with the neighborhoods, reduction of negative impacts of nonaesthetic development and the orderly development of the community.

The current rendering operation produces poultry meal, feather meal and poultry fat from by-products. Both poultry meal and poultry fat are used in the production of pet food and animal feed, while feather meal is used in animal feed and fertilizer. Foster Farms will utilize an existing building on its site, northwest of existing Plant #2, for rendering operations. The building is approximately 6,150 square feet in size and will be expanded by an additional 2,500 square feet of covered and enclosed space. The building was previously used for producing a liquid pet food ingredient but has been out of service since September 2003.

Foster Farms will install a continuous-cooker-based poultry offal rendering process, including several storage bins and tanks in a fully enclosed building. The rendering expansion will include a vapor handling system a condenser, venturi scrubber, and a regenerative thermal oxidizer that is designed to capture and destroy high-intensity process emissions (including odors and volatile organic compounds [VOC]). To minimize fugitive emissions, the expansion has been designed to include fully enclosed receiving hopper and loadout areas, a processing area operating under negative pressure, double doors at production, and a scrubber to capture odorous compounds entrained in indoor air. Further, the steam boiler will be equipped with a low nitrogen oxide (NOx) control system.

FINDINGS/DETERMINATION: The City has reviewed and considered the proposed project and has determined that the project will not have a significant effect on the environment. The City hereby prepares and proposes to adopt a Negative Declaration for this project.

PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD: A 30 day public review period for the Negative Declaration will commence on June 1, 2010 to July 1, 2010 for interested individuals and public agencies to submit written comments on the document. Any written comments on the Negative Declaration must be received at the above address within the public review period. Copies of the Negative Declaration and Initial Study are available for review at the above address for the Lead Agency.

CONTACT PERSON: Donna M. Kenney, Community Development Director, 209.394.5510

PUBLIC MEETING: The project is scheduled for public hearings on the Livingston Planning Commission’s agenda on July 13, 2010 and then on the City Council’s agenda three weeks later on August 3, 2010

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