Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(4) and 15269(b); Section 15301(b), 15302(c), 15304(c) and (f); 15269(b); Sec. 15063(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The project consists of replacing existing electrical conduit wiring and installing new conduit for the purposes of public utility maintenance and operation. Work would occur in areas of previous ground disturbance, is limited in scope, and would not require extensive site preparation.
-Section 21080(b)(4) and 15269(b): The proposed project consists of emergency repairs to existing conduit necessary to maintain service essential to public health, safety, and welfare. The public service provider informed the campus that the cable has significantly deteriorated and poses a health hazard and public safety concern.
-Section 15301(b): The proposed project consists of existing facilities of both investor
and publicly owned utilities used to provide electric power.
-Section 15302(c): The proposed project consists of replacing existing utility systems
and/or facilities involving negligible or no expansion of capacity.
-Section 15304(c) and (f): The proposed project would require minor alterations to land, including filling of earth into previously excavated land with material compatible with the natural features of the site and minor trenching and backfilling where the surface will be restored.
-Under CEQA Guidelines section 15061(b)(3), Review for Exemption (14 CCR Sec.
15061(b)(3)), activities are exempt from, and otherwise not subject to, CEQA under the "common sense" exemption 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 proposed project would not result in any significant effects on the environment. A biological assessment was completed for the proposed project and determined no significant impacts to sensitive biological resources would occur with implementation of the mitigation requirements of the CSUMB Master Plan EIR, avoidance and minimizations measures required by PG&E’s Multiple Region Operation and Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan, and standard construction best management practices.
The proposed project would not have a significant effect on the environment due to unusual circumstances; would not result in damage to scenic resources within a Scenic Highway; is not located on a hazardous waste site pursuant to Sec. 65962.5 of the Government Code; would not cause a substantial adverse change in the significance of a historical resource; and would not result in cumulative impacts.