Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines provide a series of categorical exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed project is the upgrade of the RP-1 Disinfection Pump Improvements, Project EN11039 at the existing RP-1 facility and it has been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure that future operations at RP-1 can be conducted without significant adverse impact. Categorical Exemption Class 1 exempts “the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment...involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency’s determination. (b) Existing facilities of both investor and publicly owned utilities used to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services.....” The exceptions to the issuance of categorical exemptions have been evaluated for this proposed project. The proposed project has been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental effects as a result of any of the exceptions. Therefore, this proposed action is not forecast to cause any potential for significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements of a Class 1 Exemption.