Foxen Canyon Landfill Condensate Tank Replacement Project


SCH Number
Public Agency
Santa Barbara County Public Works Department Resource Recovery and Waste Management Div.
Document Title
Foxen Canyon Landfill Condensate Tank Replacement Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The FCL condensate tank replacement project consists of removing the two existing 250-gallon condensate tanks and demolishing the individual concrete pads on which the tanks rest and replacing those items with a new 1,000-gallon tank that will rest on a newly constructed 10’ x 10’ reinforced concrete pad on the same location as the two 250-gallon tanks. The new 1,000-gallon tank is 6.5 feet in diameter and approximately 5 feet tall. The new concrete pad will have a 4 inch curb/dike around the perimeter as secondary containment and the back/retaining portion ofthe dike will be 14 inches. A drainage valve will be installed within the 4-inch curb to allow fordrainage from the secondary containment. Historically, condensate, which is a byproduct of the LFG collection, was allowed to be used over the closed landfill surface, the replacement is needed due to a change in Regional Water Quality Control Board regulatory policy. The new policy states that the condensate captured in the tanks can no longer be sprayed on the slopes of the landfill and now must be transported off-site for disposal. The cost to the county totransport the condensate off-site is based on the number of trips the hauler must make. Byincreasing the capacity of the condensate storage at the FCL, the county reduces the numberof trips required for collection and off-site disposal. The contractor transports the condensate toa permitted waste water treatment facility. The location supporting the new concrete pad will begraded flat to accommodate the new concrete pad but the grading will not cut into the final engineered cover of the landfill. Dirt will be imported from an on-site stockpile to complete thegrading and only fill will be used for grading. A native seed mix will be applied to the disturbed area after completion to accelerate revegetation of bare areas. The new 1,000-gallon tank andassociated piping will then be installed and connected to the existing LFG collection system.

Contact Information

Joddi Leipner
Agency Name
Job Title
Senior Engineering Environmental Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant / Parties Undertaking Project


unincorporated area
Santa Barbara
Southern California, Unincorporated
Cross Streets
4004 Foxen Canyon Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
US HWY 101, US HWY 154
Union Pacific
Alamo Pintado Creek

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
Consistent with CEQA Guidelines Section 15302 (Class 2), the proposed project involves the replacement of two existing 250-gallon condensate tanks and individual concrete secondary containment basins with one 1,000-gallon condensate tank and one 10’x10’ concrete foundation with secondary containment. The new tank and concrete pad will be in the same location as the existing tanks and pads and will serve the same purpose. No other changes to the existing LFG and condensate collection system are proposed. The collection of condensate is a result of the extraction of LFG from the decomposition of waste historically disposed of in the FCL. The overall capacity of the tank will increase from 500 gallons to 1,000 gallons, but the increase is to allow storage of additional condensate before off-site transport is needed to reduce the number of vehicle miles traveled to dispose of the waste and associated transportation related air quality and greenhouse emissions. Therefore, the project can be found to be categorically exempt from CEQA and no exclusions apply.
County Clerk
Santa Barbara


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