Type, Section or Code
Sec. 15301, Class 1, and Sec. 15303, Class 3
Reasons for Exemption
The Project will not involve any new developments or changes to existing land uses, nor are any proposed, there will be no additional vehicular trips generated as a result of the proposed Activity/Project. The Activity/Project will result in no adverse impact to the environment including aesthetics, air quality, agriculture, biology, cultural, greenhouse gases, hazards/hazardous materials, land use/planning, noise, public services, traffic, or utilities/service systems. Furthermore, the proposed Project site will be required to comply with applicable San Joaquin Valley Unified Air District rules and regulations, including but not limited to, Rule 2010 (Permits Required), Rule 2201 (New and Modified Stationary Source Review), and Rule 9510 (indirect Source Review). The Activity/Project will result in reduction of methane-related GHG by using methane gas emissions from the dairies as an alternative/renewable fuel source, is consistent with draft Tulare County Dairy Climate Action Plan (which incorporates strategies to promote the use of renewable energy sources, including digesters for energy-production), and is also consistent with and implements the California Environmental Protection Agency Air Resources Board's Short-Lived Climate Pollutant Reduction Strategy March 2017;
Methane Emissions Reductions from Dairy Manure. As the equipment modification will occur at an existing site and pipelines for this Activity/Project will remain within County of Tulare Rights-of-Way, this action is consistent with 14 Cal. Code Regs. Section 15301 (b) Existing facilities or both investor and public owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services and; 14 Cal. Code Regs. Section 15303(d) Water main, sewage, electrical gas, and other utility extensions, including street improvements, or reasonable length to serve such construction. Therefore, the use of CEQA Guidelines Sections 1530l (b) and 15303 (d), as noted above, are applicable and appropriate for this Activity/Project.