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U.S. EPA, Victor Valley Unveil Innovative Carbon-Neutral Treatment Plant

Release Date: 09/25/2014
Contact Information: Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority: Kristi Casteel, 760-246-8638, U.S. EPA: Nahal Mogharabi, 213-244-1815,

Federal, state and local officials and stakeholders participate in ribbon cutting, tour facility using first of its kind technology

LOS ANGELES – U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will join Congressman Col. Paul Cook, the Bureau of Reclamation, the California Energy Commission and other local industry stakeholders to unveil the Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority’s (VVWRA) carbon-neutral treatment plant. The event will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and tour of the Omnivore Biogas Renewable Energy Project. The Omnivore system will produce 100% renewable power by more efficiently treating both sewage and organic waste, like food, that would otherwise be disposed of in landfills.

The project was developed through a $2 million grant from the California Energy Commission, $600,000 in funding from Anaergia and technical assistance by EPA.

The treatment plant will offset nine million kilowatt hours from the grid annually and prevent more than 1,400 tons of waste from entering landfills. Combined that is equivalent to taking 2,053 passenger cars off the road for one year. The facility will be 100% energy neutral by the start of 2015 and could potentially save the taxpayer $9 million over 20 years.

Who: John Kemmerer, Associate Water Division Director, U.S. EPA
Col. Paul Cook, Congressman, California’s 8th District
Bill Steele, Area Manager, Bureau of Reclamation
Gabriel Taylor, Advisor, California Energy Commission
Industry partners and Local vendors

What: Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Where: Omnivore Treatment Facility
20111 Shay Rd. Victorville, CA 92394

When: Friday, September 26, 2014
9:00 a.m.

* Please RSVP ASAP via email to Kristi Casteel at or Nahal Mogharabi at Please be sure to include your name, contact information and media affiliation.