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Diamond Pet Food works on odor

Congressman Jeff Denham, R- Turlock, toured Diamond Pet Food when work was underway to open the plant.

Photo contributed/The Bulletin


POSTED April 22, 2013 12:52 a.m.

 

In hopes of eliminating any foul odor, officials at the Diamond Pet Food plant have looked to remedy the problem.

Since receiving numerous complaints about the smell, they’ve continued to search out the source of the odor contamination.

At a recent Ripon City Council meeting, Ken Zuidervaart, who is the director of planning, provided the latest update.

“They’ve extended the roof-top stacks by 10 feet to get the exhaust higher into the atmosphere to aid in dispersing the odor before it reaches the ground,” he said.

About a month ago, Randy Frazier, who is an chemical engineer  from Yorke Engineering of Dublin, mentioned installing higher stacks to the east side of the factory and using additional blowers to introduce more fresh air.

Zuidervaart noted that those at the Diamond Pet Food plant have looked at other possible solutions.

“They’ll continue to review potential long-term options to alleviate the problem,” he said. “They will track down the weather data against complaints for further evaluation.”

Since opening in Ripon last May, the Diamond Pet Food plant has been kept busy, rolling out 130 to 140 truckloads of product each week using three processing lines.

The plant, as a big part of its operation, processes kibbles of pet food using factory-controlled computers.

The odor was first reported in October.

Diamond Pet Food, meanwhile, will continue to provide updates on the matter to Council on a monthly basis.

“At least they’re trying to resolve the issue,” Zuidervaart said. “That’s encouraging.”



To reach reporter Vince Rembulat, e-mail vrembulat@mantecabulletin.com.

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