Reasons for Exemption
CEQA's Class 1 Exemption applies to the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing or private facilities, strnctures or topographical features involving negligible or no expansion of an existing or fonner use. (14 Cal. Code Regs. § 15301).
Here, the project will operate from Chino Airport. Chino Airport is an existing 1,097-acre, threernnway facility home to existing aerial facilities and operations. There are approximately 451 aircraft operations per day at the Chino Airpmi, including helicopter operations conducted by Southern California Edison.
Under the current project, a CH-47 Very Large Helitanker and S76 coordination helicopter would operate from the Chino Airport for an up to _130_-day period during the 2021 wildfire season. Notably, the CH-47 and S76 helicopters will be made available to over 15 other counties in the Southern California region; therefore, these helicopters could also be fighting fires in those other counties during that time. The project does not require any construction at Chino Airport. The project therefore calls for the operation of existing public and private facilities (namely, the Chino Airport) with no or a negligible expansion of an existing or former use, and the Class 1 Exemption applies.