SMUD Gas Pipeline Operations lnline Inspection Verification Dig: MLCB-33160-1


SCH Number
Public Agency
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Document Title
SMUD Gas Pipeline Operations lnline Inspection Verification Dig: MLCB-33160-1
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The project consists of a single-point inspection of girth welds around SMUD's high pressure natural gas pipeline. The inspection activities include excavating an approximately 10-foot-by-10-foot inspection ditch at a depth of 10 feet to allow full exposure of a portion of the pipeline for visual inspection. Upon inspection completion, the ditch will be backfilled with cement slurry sand 18-inches above the pipeline followed by native excavated soil to preexisting conditions.

Contact Information

Jerry Park
Agency Name
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Agency Name
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Contact Types
Project Applicant


Cross Streets
1,500 feet west of the Clay Station Road and Twin Cities Road intersection.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
15301, 15302, 15306, 15309
Reasons for Exemption
CEQA Guidelines, Section 15301 states that "Class 1 consists of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use." This project may involve the repair or maintenance of a public utility natural gas pipeline involving no expansion. Section 15302 states that "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 ... " This project may involve replacing an existing section in the same location along SMUD's gas pipeline and will not increase the capacity of the pipeline. Section 15306 states that "Class 6 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 project involves due diligence to further inspect and collect information following a recent inline inspection of SMUD's natural gas pipeline. Section 15309 states that "Class 9 consists of activities limited entirely to inspections, to check for performance of an operation, or quality, health, or safety of a project, including related activities such as inspection for possible mislabeling, misrepresentation, or adulteration of products." This project involves the inspection of SMUD's natural gas pipeline to verify proper and safe operation of the facility.


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