Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the Cargill, Incorporated Solar Salt System Maintenance and Operations Activities Project

Summary

SCH Number
2020080442
Lead Agency
Bay Conservation and Development Commission, San Francisco (San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission)
Document Title
Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Assessment for the Cargill, Incorporated Solar Salt System Maintenance and Operations Activities Project
Document Type
EA - Environmental Assessment
Received
Project Applicant
Cargill, Incorporated
Present Land Use
Solar Salt System Maintenance and Operations Activities

Document Description
NOP for EA (Environmental Assessment) being prepared by BCDC, pursuant to BCDC's regulatory program certified by the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency as meeting the requirements of Public Resources Code Section 21080.5 (see 14 CCR §15251(h)), for Cargill's proposed continuation of its solar salt system maintenance and operations activities (the "Project") for the next 10 years. Though CEQA does not require this NOP in order for BCDC to implement its certified regulatory program, BCDC does so in consideration of the anticipated public interest relating to the Project and so that the other agencies subsequently considering whether to issue a discretionary entitlement for the Project can take action, in reliance on BCDC’s EA, as a responsible agency for CEQA purposes. (See 14 CCR § 15253(b)(2), (4), (5).)

Contact Information
Michael Ng
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
375 Beale Street Suite 510
San Francisco, CA 94105

Phone : (415) 352-3610
michael.ng@bcdc.ca.gov

Location

Cities
Newark Redwood City
Counties
Alameda San Mateo
Regions
San Francisco Bay Area
Total Acres
12,100
Other Location Info
The Newark Plant 1 complex is located west of Fremont, extending from Coyote Hills Slough/Alameda Creek (also known as the Alameda Flood Control Channel) on the north to the Union Pacific Railroad ("UPRR") right-of way and the lower reach of Newark Slough to the south. The Plant 1 Project area encompasses approximately 4,100 acres and is located within the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge (the "Refuge"). SR 84, the approach to the Dumbarton Bridge, and Newark Slough traverse the southern portion of the complex. Baumberg Pond B-3C, an approximately 166-acre pond, is located north of Coyote Hills Slough/Alameda Creek, and adjacent to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Eden Landing Ecological Reserve. The Newark Plant 2 complex is located south of Newark Plant 1. It is bounded by the UPRR right-of-way to the northwest, northeast, and east; by Mud Slough/Coyote Creek to the south; and by the Bay to the southwest. Plummer, Mowry, and Albrae Sloughs traverse or border the Plant 2 complex area. Plant 2 includes concentrators as well as crystallizers and encompasses approximately 6,400 acres. Approximately 3,020 acres are owned by Cargill and the remainder is within the Refuge. The Redwood City Plant is on the west shore of the Bay and is bordered by Redwood City to the west and south, Menlo Park to the southeast, and Redwood Creek and commercial/industrial facilities to the northwest. Westpoint Slough and Flood Slough form the northern and eastern borders between the Redwood City Plant and Greco Island. (Greco Island is part of the Refuge.) The Redwood City Plant encompasses approximately 1,430 acres. The brine pipeline alignment connecting the Redwood City Plant to Newark includes a 10-foot-wide strip of land extending south and east from the Redwood City Plant to the Redwood City Maintenance Pond. This pond is a very small pond located at the northeastern corner of US Fish and Wildlife Service Pond SF-2, immediately southeast of SR 84.

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Other (Solar salt system maintenance and operations )
Project Issues
Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Geologic/Seismic Greenhouse Gas Emissions Noise Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Traffic/Circulation Water Quality
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways California Department of Water Resources California Energy Commission California Governor's Office of Emergency Services California Highway Patrol California Native American Heritage Commission California Natural Resources Agency California Public Utilities Commission California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 California State Lands Commission Department of Toxic Substances Control Office of Historic Preservation San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights State Water Resources Control Board, Divison of Financial Assistance California Department of Transportation, District 4

Attachments

Environmental Document
Cargill EA NOP with Spanish   PDF 896 K
NOC
NOC   PDF 231 K
State Comments
2020080442_Caltrans Comment   PDF 216 K

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