Wednesday, January 18, 2006
1-17 port briefs
Port, WestFarm Foods to amend agreement
Continued expansion at WestFarm Foods' Darigold plant along
Midvale Road means the wastewater disposal agreement with the Port of Sunnyside
needs to be amended.
Port Manager Amber Hansen said the contract has already been
amended several times since it was first inked back in 1991.
The latest amendment now under consideration stems from
WestFarm's plan to expand cheese production by 10 percent at the Sunnyside
plant by this April.
In comments to Port commissioners during their study session
this past Monday, Engineer Bob Farrell reported that he met with WestFarm
officials regarding the "variability of discharge" from the Darigold
Farrell noted that WestFarm said it would respond to the
Port with "specifics on a remedy."
Bio-diesel plant could be running by May
During the Port of Sunnyside commissioners' study session
this past Monday, Manager Amber Hansen relayed a message from canola grower Ted
Durfey that his bio-diesel plant could be operational by May.
The Port was active in helping Durfey in the canola project,
which could be a source for alternative fuel and a new crop for Lower Valley
Optimism on water supply
An operations update provided to Sunnyside Port
commissioners this past Monday indicated it appears "there will be an
ample supply of irrigation water for the 2006 season." As a result, the
Port will look to finish the installation of the irrigation system on the west
side of South Emerald Road.