Reasons for Exemption
Approval of this Project is statutorily exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act because the Project is subject to California Code of Regulations, title 14, Article 18, Statutorily Exemption section 15282(k), “The installation of new pipeline or maintenance, repair, restoration, removal, or demolition of an existing pipeline as set forth in Section 21080.21 of the Public Resources Code, as long as the project does not exceed one mile in length”; as well as Public Resources Code, section 21080.21, “This division does not apply to any project of less than one mile in length within a public street or highway or any other right-of-way for the installation of a new pipeline or the maintenance, repair, restoration, reconditioning, relocation, replacement, removal, or demolition of an existing pipeline.” “‘Pipeline’ includes subsurface facilities but does not include any surface facility related to the operation of the underground facility.” (Pub. Resources Code, §21080.21(a)).
The proposed Project includes 1) remove the remaining abandoned and overlapping segment of L-301G on Park Hill to make way for removal and replacement of L-301A; 2) install and tie in a new section of L-301A parallel to the active segment of L-301G to mitigate fault risk; and, 3) once the new L-301A segment has been tied in, remove the old section of L-301A. The total linear length of pipeline associated with this project is 1,800 feet.
Project activities include vegetation clearing, grading, excavation, backfill and compaction, equipment movement, construction, and other activities. Impacts will be minimized and fully mitigated through the implementation of measures required by Incidental Take Permit No. 2081-2019-033-04. Measures include: 1) Monthly Compliance Reports; 2) establishment of avoidance zones; 3) worker education; 4) species relocation; 5) permanent habitat protection; and 6) site restoration.