Reasons for Exemption
This project involves laboratory analysis research, equipment design and assembly, and equipment operation. All proposed activities will take place within existing, fully permitted buildings or facilities, without need for expansion or significant modification of the facilities. The new recycler system will be installed and operated at 1-3 potato chip manufacturing plants located across Southern California and the Central Valley. The system will be skid-mounted, measuring about 10 ft x 15 ft x 15 ft, and will use existing infrastructure (plumbing, electrical, water, and sewer), with little to no impact to on the facilities' operations. None of the proposed activities will have a significant effect on the environment. California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15301 exempts operation and minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of determination. Additionally, California Code of Regulations, title 14, section 15311 exempts construction, or placement of minor structures accessory to existing commercial, industrial, or institutional facilities if the activity will not have a significant effect on the environment.