Reasons for Exemption
South Coast AQMD, as Lead Agency, has reviewed the proposed project (PR 1460) pursuant to: 1) CEQA Guidelines Section 15002(k) – General Concepts, the three-step process for deciding which document to prepare for a project subject to CEQA; and 2) CEQA Guidelines Section 15061 – Review for Exemption, procedures for determining if a project is exempt from CEQA. The activities associated with implementing PR 1460 to further minimize fugitive emissions of particulate matter are supplemental to the existing requirements in South Coast AQMD Rule 403 – Fugitive Dust, including the ongoing use of water for dust suppression purposes, such that any additional use of water is expected to be limited as the facilities must maximize the efficient use of water in accordance with water conservation requirements proclaimed in Governor Newsom’s Executive Order N-7-22 issued on March 28, 2022. Further, to satisfy the building enclosure and paving requirements in PR 1460, only minor physical modifications, if any, are expected which may be achieved without construction or via minimal construction activities, depending on the affected facility. Thus, it can be seen with certainty that implementing the proposed project would not cause a significant adverse effect on the environment, and is therefore, exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) – Common Sense Exemption.
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