The Hirzel Canning Co. and Farms is a fourth generation family-owned business since 1923.
The farms are located in Luckey and Northwood, Ohio where they grow mostly tomatoes and cabbage. They have three canning/processing plants in northwest Ohio and a composting facility, along with the main offices located in Pemberville, Ohio. During the 50-day canning season, wash water from tomato canning operations is piped off-site to a spray irrigation system for beneficial agronomic use and to assist in the composting operation.
Hull assisted Hirzel in obtaining a new Land Management Plan for the wash water as well as a “No Exposure Certification” for exclusion from the NPDES Storm Water permitting. Prior to this time, Hirzel was not required to have a Land Management Plan, but changes to the regulations prompted the need to permit the spray irrigation system. Hull worked with Ohio EPA to design a nutrient loading plan for the 50,000-70,000 gallons of wash water typically applied each year.
Hull completed soil nutrient loading calculations and worked with Ohio EPA to design a land application management plan for the beneficial use of approximately 2 million gallons of leachate on an adjacent 175 acre farm field. Hull also assisted the client in technical discussions with Ohio EPA to demonstrate that a storm water permit was not required due to recommended improvements to their storm water management system.
Cheryl Green, PE