Reasons for Exemption
On July 23, 2021, Governor Newsom proclaimed a State of Emergency in Plumas County due to the Dixie and Fly Fires. Pursuant to Executive Order EO-N-13-21, State statutes, rules, regulations, and requirements are suspended to the extent they would prevent, hinder, or delay the removal, storage, transportation of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste and debris resulting from the wildfires that have burned and continue to burn in areas that are subject to the jurisdiction of departments within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency. The proposed project involves the placement and operation of sawmill equipment for the purpose of removing and processing debris generated by the Dixie Fire. The project would be funded by the Sierra Nevada Conservancy and is within the jurisdiction of the California Natural Resources Agency. Review of the placement and operation of sawmill equipment pursuant to CEQA would delay the removal of debris generated by the Dixie Fire. The action is therefore exempt from CEQA consistent with Section 1.a of Executive Order EA-N-13-21. Additionally, the sawmill equipment would be placed on an existing developed industrial site that does not contain sensitive or historical resources. SNC independently reviewed the proposed project and determined that no significant environmental or cumulative effects would occur as the result of the project.