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Port approves environmental review of old rendering plant

As part of the Port of Sunnyside's purchase of the Darling Delaware property, the Port Commission has approved funds for an environmental review of the former rendering plant site.

The Port has contracted with Sage Earth Science to conduct the review. The contract totals $4,450, said Port Manager Amber Hansen.

She said the review is a part of the Port's effort to determine the condition of the 10-acre property, as well as to determine what uses it might be suitable for in the future.

The Port Commissioners approved the purchase of the Midvale Road property in late January, from Darling International Inc., at the cost of $175,000.

Hansen said the Port routinely conducts environmental reviews of all potential Port property as a part of its purchase process.

The purchase of the property will allow the Port to offer up to 60 acres to interested industrial users, Hansen added.

The property has been used as a transfer station for the past 15 years by Darling Delaware. The site was home to a rendering plant, which was shut down in the late 1980s.

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