Type, Section or Code
Class 30, Categorical Exemption Cal. Code Regs., Title 14, §15330
Reasons for Exemption
1. The project is a time critical action designed to prevent, minimize, stabilize, mitigate or eliminate the release or threat of release of hazardous waste or hazardous substances.
2. The project is a response action that will not exceed $1 million in cost.
3. The project does not involve the onsite use of a hazardous waste incinerator or thermal treatment unit or the relocation of residences or businesses and does not involve the potential release into the air of volatile organic compounds as defined in Health and Safety Code Section 25123. No County or Bay Area Air Quality permits are anticipated to be required for this project.
4. The project will be consistent with applicable state and local environmental permitting requirements:
a. Cal/OSHA – Because no one will be entering the excavation, no permit is
b. BAAQMD – Visible dust will be monitored and mitigated as-needed, but no
permit is required.
c. City of Berkeley –BTMD and the building department will be notified of the
excavation activities, but no building or other permit is required since the
digging is on private property and will be backfilled with no permanent
d. DTSC – No permit or EPA Hazardous Waste Generator Identification Number is
needed because hazardous waste is not anticipated.
5. The exceptions pursuant to Cal. Code Rags., title 14, § 15300.2 have been
addressed as follows:
a. Cumulative Impact. The project will not result in cumulative impacts because it is
designed to be a short term, final remedy that would not lead to a succession
of projects of the same type in the same place over time.
b. Significant Effect. The environmental safeguards and monitoring procedures
that are enforceable and made a condition of project approval will prevent
unusual circumstances from occurring so that there is no possibility that the
project will have a significant effect on the environment.
c. Scenic Highways. The project will not damage scenic resources, including but
not limited to, trees, historic buildings, rock outcroppings, or similar resources,
because it is not located within view of a highway officially designated as a state
d. Hazardous Waste Sites. The project is not located on a site which is included on
any list compiled pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code.
e. Historical Resources. The project is not expected to cause a substantial adverse
change in the significance of a historical resource because none are anticipated.