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Port of Sunnyside Briefs

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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 plant.

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 farmers.

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.

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