BRAWLEYÂ â€”Â Last night, the Brawley City Council reported in open session action that was taken in closed session earlier in the evening. City Attorney Bill Smerdon reported that by a motion of the City Council, staff was directed to conduct a final inspection of the One World Beef (OWB) facility at 57 Shank Road in Brawley, CA.
Provided that all outstanding matters are addressed, with the exception of a wastewater solution, a temporary Business License and temporary Certificate of Occupancy (COO) shall be issued to One World Beef with three conditions:
1) The temporary Business License and COO shall expire on their own terms as of January 31, 2017 if a discharge permit is not issued by the Regional Water Quality Control Board by that date.
2) Within thirty days of issuance, OWB shall utilize a California licensed engineer to characterize anticipated industrial wastewater and submit an odor mitigation plan to the Cityâ€™s satisfaction.
3) Should the Business License and COO expire, OWB shall be responsible for removal of wastewater stored in on-site ponds within thirty days of expiration.
The City of Brawley is committed to economic development. In response to OWBâ€™s request for issuance, the conditions were developed to provide the Business License and COO in advance of either the Cityâ€™s authorization of OWB to discharge to the City of Brawley Wastewater Treatment Plant or the Regional Water Quality Control Boardâ€™s authorization to apply pre-treated wastewater to land.
The Regional Water Quality Control Board will consider the environmental document for the wastewater project at its meeting today at 9:00 a.m. in Palm Desert. At last nightâ€™s meeting, OWB reported that land application of pre-treated wastewater is the preferred long term strategy. For now, OWB requests to commence with meat processing, utilizing on-site ponds to store waste while permitting is obtained. However, historic odor impacts have been experienced in the surrounding area with the previous operator.
The City appreciates One World Beefâ€™s efforts to tackle the challenge of a sustainable wastewater strategy. Temporary issuance allows OWB to commence with operations pending the Regional Boardâ€™s action. The City looks forward to future resolution for the benefit of the community of Brawley and the Imperial Valley region.