Community Emissions Reduction Plan for the Eastern Coachella Valley Community per Assembly Bill 617

Summary

SCH Number
2020120096
Public Agency
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Document Title
Community Emissions Reduction Plan for the Eastern Coachella Valley Community per Assembly Bill 617
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Received
Posted
12/4/2020

Document Description
Assembly Bill (AB) 617, signed into state law in 2017 (see Health and Safety Code Section 44391.2), requires air districts to prepare a Community Emissions Reduction Plan (CERP) for environmental justice communities selected by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). CERPs provide a blueprint for achieving reductions of air pollution emission and exposure within selected communities and are tailored to address each community’s air quality priorities. The ECV community was selected by CARB to prepare a CERP in December 2019. The purpose of this project is to implement a CERP for the ECV community per AB 617. The beneficiary of the project is the identified ECV community and the nearby areas, but the entire region within South Coast AQMD’s jurisdiction will also benefit.

Contact Information
Kendra Reif
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Lead/Public Agency
21865 Copley Drive
Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Phone : (909) 396-2492
kreif@aqmd.gov

South Coast Air Quality Management District
Project Applicant

Location

Cities
Coachella Indio Indio Hills La Quinta Thermal, Mecca, Oasis, and North Shore.
Counties
Los Angeles Orange Riverside San Bernardino
Regions
Southern California
Other Location Info
The project is located in communities within the jurisdiction of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD). The boundaries of the communities extend from the City of Indio south to the Riverside County boundary along the Salton Sea, including the City of Indio, the City of Coachella, a small portion of the City of La Quinta (southern part of the city), and the unincorporated areas of Thermal, Mecca, Oasis and North Shore, referred to herein as Eastern Coachella Valley (ECV) community in Riverside County.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) – Common Sense Exemption, CEQA Guidelines Section 15308 – Actions by Regulatory Agen
Reasons for Exemption
Because the physical changes that may occur as a result of implementing portions of the proposed project would only require minimal construction activities and cause negligible physical impacts, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that any physical actions that may be associated with the proposed project may have a significant adverse effect on the environment. Therefore, the project is exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3). Further, the overall purpose of this project is to improve the environment of the ECV community and nearby areas, and all of the action items within the ECV CERP support this goal, the action items are also categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15308.

Attachments

Notice of Exemption
Post Approval_ECV_NOE   PDF 101 K

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