Type, Section or Code
CEQA PRC §21080(b)(9), 21084; CEQA Guidelines §15302(c)(d), Replacement or Reconstruction, and §15303, New Construction
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 reviewed the proposed project and has identified that it qualifies for an exemption from CEQA pursuant to Section 15061(b)(3) (General Rule) of the State CEQA Guidelines (Division 6 of Chapter 3 of Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations). The activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. When it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA. No special circumstances exist that the proposed Project would create a significant adverse effect on the environment (i.e. no sensitive species or habitats, no hazardous sites, no scenic highways, no historic resources, etc.).
Additionally, SMUD determined that the proposed project qualifies for an exemption from CEQA pursuant to Section 15302, Replacement or Reconstruction (d) Conversion of overhead electric utility distribution system facilities to underground including connection to existing overhead electric utility distribution lines where the surface is restored to the condition existing prior to the undergrounding and Section 15303, New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures. SMUD considers its poles to be small structures.
Therefore, the proposed project qualifies for the exemption under CEQA Guidelines Sections 15061(b)(3), 15302(d), and 15303; no further environmental review is required.