Reasons for Exemption
This activity/project is intended and necessary to protect the health and safety of the public (and County staff) through the installation of a new, emergency replacement well that is primarily used to draw water for dust control purposes and thereby comply with the San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District's Regulation VIII (Prohibitions for Fugitive Dust). Title 14 of the California Code of Regulations, § 15269 sets forth emergency projects that are exempt from the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The installation of the new well at the landfill falls within the scope of CCR § 15269(c) as it is a specific action necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency. Public Resource Code § 21080(b)(4) also exempts the installation of the new well from CEQA as necessary to prevent or mitigate an emergency. As such, the activity/project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to Title 14 California Code of Regulations, § 15269. Therefore, the application of CEQA Section 15269 is applicable and appropriate for this project.