Community Air Grant - Collaborative Action for Air Quality Improvements in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valley

Summary

SCH Number
2019018492
Lead Agency
Air Resources Board
Document Title
Community Air Grant - Collaborative Action for Air Quality Improvements in the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valley
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
1/28/2019

Document Description
Leadership Counsel will use community air grant funds to conduct community outreach, host bilingual community meetings, create community steering committees and attend AB 617 workshops and hearings to support emissions reductions in disadvantaged communities throughout the San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valleys. The Leadership Counsel will conduct community outreach through a variety of means, including door-to-door outreach, phone calls and texts, and flyers. The community meetings will educate community members on air quality issues, and update them on the AB 617 process, allow community members to provide feedback that will ultimately inform advocacy within the communities, at a cross-regional level and as part of AB 617.

Contact Information
Rachel Pallatin
Air Resources Board
1001 I St P.O. Bo 2815
Sacramento, CA 95812-3044

Phone : (916) 324-3502

Location

Cities
Madera
Counties
Fresno Kern Madera Merced Riverside Tulare
Other Location Info
Various communities in San Joaquin and Eastern Coachella Valleys: Delhi, Planada, South Merced, Fairmead, La Vina, Cantua Creek, El Porvenir, Jane Addams neighborhood, Lanare, South Central Fresno, Southeast Fresno, Southwest Fresno, Tombstone Territory, Ivanhoe, Lone Oak Tract, Matheny Tract, Soults Tract, Tooleville, Arvin, Greenfield, Lamont, Rexland Acres, Weedpatch, Mecca, North Shore, Oasis and Thermal

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15061b3, 15306
Reasons for Exemption
In accordance with CEQA, the use of the common sense exemption is based on the "general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment." The use of this exemption is appropriate if it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment." With certainty, there is no possibility that the project may have a significant effect on the environment. The project consists of community outreach activities, technical assistance, trainings, technical comments on projects, community assistance, and translation services to the community. Additionally, the project also qualifies as a class 6 exemption under article 19 of categorical exemptions, S 15306, b/c the activities proposed involve collection of information and does not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource. The use of the class 6 information collection exemptions is appropriate if "the project consists of basic data collection, research, experimental management, and resource evaluation activities which do not result in a serious or major disturbance to an environmental resource." This is applicable as the project will be gathering information from existing sources. The project will not result in any specific or general exceptions to the use of categorical exemption as detailed under CEQA Guidelines section 15300.2. The project will not cause an impact to an environmental resource of hazardous or critical concern nor does the project have unusual circumstances that could possibility have a significant effect on the environment. The project would not result in impacts to scenic highways, hazardous waste sites, historic resources, or other sensitive natural environments, or have a cumulative effect to the environment. No significant environmental impacts are anticipated to occur.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
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