Reasons for Exemption
The activity is covered by the general rule that CEQA applies only to projects which have the potential for causing a significant effect on the environment. Where it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the activity in question may have a significant effect on the environment, the activity is not subject to CEQA.
Cal. Code Regs., tit. 14, § 15301
This project only consists of operation and minor alteration of existing structure, facilities, and mechanical equipment which involves negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's CEQA determination. Skyven will be using Bay City Boiler's manufacturing facility in Fresno, CA for production of the steam generating heat pumps. All manufacturing on this project will be taking place in Bay City Boiler's existing facility and no work will be taking place outside of that facility. Please note that, while we will be using Bay City Boiler's existing facility, the steam generating heat pump equipment is too large for an "assembly line" - it will simply be manufactured in one location within the Bay City Boiler facility. Bay City Boiler's facility in Fresno has the following certifications and licensing: California C-4 and B contractors licensing, ASME/ National Board certified welding and repair programs with current R stamp certification, and AWS D1.1 Structural Steel welding certification. In their 35,000 sq ft fabrication facility they have CNC shearing, CNC braking, CNC Plasma tables, CNC Tube Bending, saw cutting, fabrication stations and overhead cranes for large fabrication/loading. We do not anticipate any permanent changes to the facility - there will simply be a rearrangement of existing, mobile (primarily welding) equipment. The equipment assembly involves mounting and welding of compressors, pipes, pumps, valves, etc.