Reasons for Exemption
CCR, Title 14, section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. This project involves installation of twenty-three new compressed natural gas (CNG) refueling stations at an existing facility. The existing facility contains parking and fueling equipment for Fresno Unified School District's existing fleet of 97 school buses. Existing fueling infrastructure includes diesel, gasoline, and CNG stations. The additional stations proposed in this project will aid the District's goal of conversion of its fleet to CNG and will not expand total fueling capacity. Therefore, the project falls within section 15301 and will not have a significant effect on the environment.
(CCR, Title 14, Section 15303 and Section 15304 also applicable)