Concrete Saddle Over the 27" Etiwanda Interceptor and 8" NRW Pipeline Crossing the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR), Project No.'s EN03300.01 and EN10003.01
NOE - Notice of Exemption
The purpose of the proposed project is to install a protective concrete saddle over two pipelines beneath the railroad tracks to protect these pipelines from vibration damage due to train operations on the UPRR tracks.
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of categorical exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed installation of the concrete saddle has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure the pipelines within the alignment beneath the UPRR tracks will function at a higher level of safety. Categorical Exemption Class 1 exempts "the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment... involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination." The exceptions to the issuance of categorical exemptions have been evaluated for the proposed project activities. The proposed installation and continued operation of the pipelines have been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects as a result of any of the exceptions. Therefore, this proposed action is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements for Class 1 Exemption.