Reasons for Exemption
The State CEQA Guidelines (2022) provide a series of categorical exemptions for projects that have been deemed to have minimal impacts on the environment. The proposed installation and operation of a PFOS and PFOA Treatment System at the City of Montebello Gage Reservoir Site have been determined to have no potential to cause significant adverse effects on the environment and will ensure that the delivery of water meeting, water quality standards can continue to occur in an efficient and safe manner. Categorical Exemption Class 1 exempts "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 placement or reconstruction of existing utility systems and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of existing or former use: (b) Existing facilities of both investor owned and publicly owned utilities use to provide electric power, natural gas, sewerage, or other public utility services. Class 3 exemption consist of "construction and location of limited numbers of new, small facilities or structures: installation of small new equipment and facilities in small structures). The proposed Gage Reservoir Treatment System facilities and activities have been determined not to have a potential to cause significant adverse environmental impacts and qualifies with the requirements of Class 1 and 3 exemptions.