The new ordinance keeps intact the methodology for determining how historical discharge capacity levels (regarding discharge rights), are determined for the five food processors on the cannery segregation line (collectively called "major" dischargers) and establishes a revised approach for the minor industrial users (effectively, all the rest of the industrial dischargers to the City of Modesto wastewater system). The new methodology fairly and-we believe-generously allocates allowable discharge rights to all of the minors. The new ordinance establishes permit levels which should guarantee the ability for all industrial dischargers to discharge not only at their current levels, but allow room for growth. The ordinance also details the process by which industrial users can sell, purchase or trade capacity amongst themselves, further limiting future cost exposures.
For more details on this highly complex issue, please contact Jennifer Shipman at MCCV and she can discuss the details of the new ordinance. Alternatively, we would encourage you to reach out to Tom Sinclair firstname.lastname@example.org at the City of Modesto, and he can discuss specific impacts on your operations.