Reasons for Exemption
14 CCR § 15301 provides for the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use. This project involves installation of a wireless power transfer (WPT) locomotive charging station, temporary power electronics, and battery system at an existing railyard, using existing cable and tracks. No new, modified, expanded operation of the facility or equipment is necessary. This project entails the conversion of an existing locomotive charging system to a wireless charging system and will not require major alteration of existing structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features. For these reasons, this project will have no significant impact on the environment and is categorically exempt under 14 CCR section 15301.
14 CCR § 15303 provides for the construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures; installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures; and the conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure. This project will install small new equipment between rails on existing track; the estimated footprint of the project is 18 inches by 48 inches. Thus, only minor modifications are made, only small structures will be installed, and no new grading, paving, or construction is necessary. For these reasons, this project will have no significant impact on the environment and is categorically exempt under 14 CCR section 15303.