Reasons for Exemption
Under CEQA Guidelines § 15062, a lead agency must identify the rationale for making the determination that a project is exempt under CEQA. SMUD has determined that the Proctor Hurley Line Re-Conductor Project is exempt under CEQA Guidelines § 15302, Replacement or Reconstruction, which reads, "Class 2 consists of replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced, including but not limited to ( c) Replacement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or
facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity." And § 15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures, which reads, "Class 3 consists of construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures ... " and "(d) Water main, sewage, electrical, gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, of reasonable length to serve such construction." The Proctor Hurley Line Re-Conductor Project involves the replacement of components on existing structures and construction of limited new small facilities, and therefore is considered exempt in accordance with CEQA Guidelines §15302 and §15303.