Revised Solid Waste Facilities Permit for the City of Watsonville Landfill, SWIS No. 44-AA-0002, Santa Cruz County

Summary

SCH Number
2018108603
Lead Agency
Resources Recycling and Recovery, Department of (California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery)
Document Title
Revised Solid Waste Facilities Permit for the City of Watsonville Landfill, SWIS No. 44-AA-0002, Santa Cruz County
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received

Document Description
Issuance of a Revised Solid Waste Facilities Permit (SWFP) to increase the max elevation to 339 ft above mean sea level which includes final cover, to accommodate final closure of the Phase III cell, and to update the SWFP to reflect the total design capacity.

Contact Information
Joy Isaacson
Cal Recycle
PO Box 4025
Sacramento, CA 95812-4025

(916) 341-6772

Location

Cities
Watsonville
Counties
Santa Cruz
Other Location Info
730 San Andreas Rd

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15304
Reasons for Exemption
The issuance of the revised solid waste facility permit would fall under categorical exemptions for an existing facility and minor alterations to land. These exemptions apply when there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment. The proposed permit is for an existing facility that will not expand or significantly change its operations beyond that existing, and the increase in elevation will not result in a significant effect on the environment as a result of the minor alteration to the landfill's implementation of the final partial closure plan for Phase III. The proposed elevation, a negligible change from the existing maximum elevation of 325 ft, will be consistent with the current topographical features on the property and does not involve the removal of healthy, mature, scenic trees. There will be no change in the permitted area, daily tonnage, capacity, or hours of operation. No new facilities or structures are proposed. The proposed changes will not result in additional or new environmental impacts related to aesthetics, drainage and erosion, or traffic. The surrounding area consists of agricultural use, an adjacent landfill, and minimal distant rural residential. Further, there are no grounds under CEQA for Dept to prepare an environmental document or assume role of Lead Agency for its consideration and issuance of the proposed revised SWFP.
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