Reasons for Exemption
Pursuant to Section 15301 (Existing Facilities) and Section 15269 (Emergency Projects) of the CEQA Guidelines, this project is exempt from further CEQA review. Section 15301(b) includes repair, maintenance, and minor alterations of existing public or private facilities involving negligible or no expansion of use. Section 15301(f) is for the addition of safety or health protection devices, in conjunction with existing structures. Due to the project involving a minor repair to existing infrastructure for a utility system, with no expansion of use, and because it is to install additional safety devices, the project is categorically exempt pursuant to these sections.
Furthermore, the project is also statutorily exempt as an emergency project pursuant to Section 15269(b), which is for emergency repairs to public facilities to maintain service, and Section 15269(c), which is for specific actions to prevent or mitigate an emergency. This project is being performed as emergency maintenance to secure the concrete foundation prior to a storm event that could potentially cause the pipe to break and sewage to spill into the creek. The project is to prevent a potential emergency and allow ongoing service to the area. Therefore, based on the project description and pursuant to these sections, the project is statutorily and categorically exempt.