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System in place to clear up Diamond Pet’s stink

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POSTED June 25, 2014 12:14 a.m.

A cold plasma emission control system could be the solution towards cleaning up any foul smells coming from the Diamond Pet Food Plant.

So said Planning Director Ken Zuidervaart during his report at last week’s Ripon City Council meeting. He recently spoke to the plant manager of the Ripon facility on the odor abatement project.

“I was told that the equipment was installed and should be running at the end of June,” he said.

Testing will take place over the next several months with the local air district, with the true test coming this fall.

Zuidervaart indicated October and November are generally when the City received the most complaints on the odor in the air from pet food factory.

“It’s when we get the fog layer,” he said. “Other than that, we usually don’t get complaints during the summer months.”

Diamond Pet Food officials are aware that if this system does not solve the issue, they’ll move on to the next step.

“But they are confident this is going to work,” Zuidervaart added.

The Ripon plant opened May 2012.

The facility produces pet food kibbles, using factory-controlled computers while rolling out 130 to 140 truckloads of product on three processing lines.

In addition, Zuidervaart expressed concerns on weed control enforcement.

He mentioned that the City, through code enforcement, would tag team with the Ripon Consolidated Fire District on sending out notices to residents before the weeds got to the dry stage.

“(Fire officials) can send out notifications, but if there’s no compliance, they have no authority to issue citations,” Zuidervaart said.

City attorneys are saying otherwise.

“They’ve advised us the fire department should also be able to (issue citations),” he said.

Zuidervaart recommended arranging a two-by-two committee meeting with the fire district to discuss jurisdictions and ordinances.

“The goal is for us to work with (the fire district) and come up with a method so both departments can do the citing,” he said.

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