Status for Case No. PL15-0106, RI-NU Services
NEW! The applicant agrees to have the Planning Division proceed with preparing the EIR and has communicated with the Planning Director that they will hold processing of the application during April and May 2022 to reevaluate proposed components of the project and possibly modify the project in response to the public comments and the EIR process. Planning Division staff will reconvene with the applicant in early June 2022.
3/8/2022- The draft environmental document (i.e., Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND)) for the proposed project was circulated for public review for 45 days from October 14, 2021, to November 30, 2021. The Planning Division received 96 individual public comment letters in response to the draft environmental document. Based on the public comments received and further research on applicable case law, the Planning Director determined that there is substantial evidence in the record that demonstrates a fair argument that aspects of the project, either individually and/or cumulatively, could create a significant effect on the environment. Furthermore, it has been determined that one or more of these potential problems cannot be reduced to an acceptable level. Therefore, the Planning Director has determined that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) instead of an MND must be prepared for the proposed project.
Click here to view the Planning Director’s March 8, 2022 Determination of Environmental Document.
Case No.: PL15-0106
Applicant: RI-NU Services, LLC., Tim Koziol
Project Address: 815 Mission Rock Road, unincorporated area of Santa Paula
Project Assessor’s Parcel No.: 099-0-060-565
Planning Staff Contacts:
Summary of Project Description
RI-NU Services, LLC requests to update and reestablish a Conditional Use Permit to operate a wastewater treatment facility at 815 Mission Rock Road. This facility would continue to accept wastewater, such as, but not limited to, porta-potty waste, septic tank waste, and oilfield wastewater. The wastewater will be treated onsite to separate solids and liquids, consolidate the treated wastes and then truck the treated wastes to off-site permitted disposal facilities.
In addition to the request to reinstate the CUP, the applicant proposes some modifications to the operation:
- The facility will be expanded by 1.67 acres, for a total of 6.65 acres to make space for a new laboratory, equipment, and onsite truck circulation;
- The process for treating porta potty waste and septic waste (i.e., domestic waste) will be conducted within enclosed equipment to minimize odorous emissions;
- Re-design the layout and operations of the facility so that the treatment and processing equipment are located further from the agricultural areas that are next to the project site;
- The facility will no longer accept any wastewater contained in plastic storage containers called totes;
- Add four new buildings: an office, laboratory, hazardous materials storage building, and employee breakroom;
- Add a new septic system to service the office restroom and the laboratory restroom;
- Establish employee hours with three shifts over a 24-hour day. Waste hauling trucks will operate Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.;
- Establish a maximum number of truck trips to 100 per day with an overall maximum of 500 trucks per week.
- Limit the daily quantity of wastewater received and treated onsite by restricting the size and number of delivery trucks. RI-NU Services, LLC proposes to reload the wastewater delivery trucks with haul away treated water to off-site disposal facilities (referred to as “back-hauling”) in order to limit the number of total truck trips coming and going from the site.
The complete project description can be accessed HERE
The project site plan, floor plans and elevation plans can be accessed HERE
A community meeting was held on Monday, November 8, 2021 by the Ventura County Planning Division to provide an overview of the proposed project and seek public comments on the draft environmental document prepared for the project. View the November 8, 2021, community meeting in English and Spanish at the following links:
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For a list of Frequently Asked Questions in Spanish, please click here.
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