Tougher Sludge Rule Passes in Kern County

It’s now more difficult to develop a project that spreads biosolids on county farmland. Supervisors passed the rule without any public comment as part of the routine “consent agenda” during Tuesday’s Kern County law meeting.

The agenda states that the item simply provides “additional clarification of implementation of measures to protect water quality countywide.”

County Planning Director Lorelei Oviatt said the move was an effort to clean up existing county regulations that ensure land use compliance with federal pollutant discharge requirements.

It would, she said, require that any new development that calls for the land application of biosolids in unincorporated Kern County seek a change in zoning, go through an expensive environmental review, and develop a site plan. Read the full article here.

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