Type, Section or Code
CEQA PRC §21080(b)(9), 21084; CEQA Guidelines §15301: Existing Facilities, 15302: Replacement or Reconstruction
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 Lake Forest - Bennington #1 Transformer Replacement Project is exempt under 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 will involve repair and minor alternation of an existing distribution substation with no expansion of use. 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 involves replacement of an existing distribution substation transformer, which will serve the same purpose as the existing transformer, within the same distribution substation, and therefore is considered exempt in accordance with CEQA Guidelines §15301 and §15302.