Panoche Valley Solar Farm Project


Draft Environmental Impact Report

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Cover
Notice of Availability
Title Page
Executive Summary
ES.1 Summary of Proposed Project
ES.2 Environmental Analysis
ES.3 Areas of Controversy
ES.4 Issues to be Resolved
ES.5 Summary of Alternatives Analysis
ES.6 Summary of Impacts and Mitigation Measures
Figure ES-1. Project Vicinity
Figure ES-2. Proposed Site Plan
A. Introduction
A.1 Purpose and Intended Uses of the EIR
A.2 Overview of Proposed Project
A.3 Purpose and Need for the Proposed Project
A.4 Public Involvement
A.5 EIR Process and Agency Review
A.6 Reader's Guide to the Draft EIR
Figure A-1. The EIR Process (figure embedded in document)
B. Project Description
B.1 Introduction
B.2 Project Objectives
B.3 Site Description
B.4 Solar Project Components
B.5 Solar Project Site Design & Engineering
B.6 Interconnection and Network Upgrades
B.7 Solar Project Construction
B.8 Solar Project Operations and Maintenance
B.9 Solar Project Decommissioning
B.10 Applicant-Proposed Measures
B.11 References
Figure B-1. Project Vicinity
Figure B-2. Proposed Project Site
Figure B-3. Proposed Mitigation Site
Figure B-4A. Phasing Plan (3.4MB)
Figure B-4B. Phasing Plan with Onsite Road Plan
Figure B-5. Substation Layout
Figure B-6. Project Onsite and Access Roads
Figure B-7. Phase 1 Layout
C.1 Introduction to Environmental Analysis
C.1.1 Organization of Section C
C.1.2 Environmental Assessment Methodology
C.1.3 Applicant Proposed Measures and Mitigation Measures
C.1.4 Mitigation Monitoring
C.2 Aesthetics
C.2.1 Environmental Setting
C.2.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.2.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.2.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.2.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.2.6 References
Figure C.2-1. Key Viewpoints
Figure C.2-2. Location of Key Viewpoints
Figure C.2-3A. Key Viewpoint 1: Southbound Little Panoche Road - Existing View
Figure C.2-3B. Key Viewpoint 1: Southbound Little Panoche Road - Visual Simulation
Figure C.2-4A. Key Viewpoint 2: Northbound Little Panoche Road - Existing View
Figure C.2-4B. Key Viewpoint 2: Northbound Little Panoche Road - Visual Simulation
Figure C.2-5A. Key Viewpoint 3: Eastbound Panoche Road - Existing View
Figure C.2-5B. Key Viewpoint 3: Eastbound Panoche Road - Visual Simulation
Figure C.2-6A. Key Viewpoint 4: Northbound New Idria Road - Existing View
Figure C.2-6B. Key Viewpoint 4: Northbound New Idria Road - Visual Simulation
Figure C.2-7A. Key Viewpoint 5: Panoche Wilderness Study Area - Existing View
Figure C.2-7B. Key Viewpoint 5: Panoche Wilderness Study Area - Visual Simulation
Figure C.2-8. Solar Panels
Figure C.2-9. Proposed Substation
Figure C.2-10. Proposed Substation
C.3 Agriculture
C.3.1 Environmental Setting
C.3.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.3.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.3.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.3.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.3.6 References
Figure C.3-1. Williamson Act Contracts
C.4 Air Quality
C.4.1 Environmental Setting
C.4.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.4.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.4.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.4.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.4.6 References
Figure C.4-1. Mean Wind Speeds, Durations, and Directions for Hollister and Panoche Road
C.5 Climate Change/Greenhouse Gas
C.5.1 Environmental Setting
C.5.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.5.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.5.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.5.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.5.6 References
C.6 Biological Resources
C.6.1 Environmental Setting
C.6.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.6.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.6.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.6.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.6.6 References
Figure C.6-1. Project Vicinity Map
Figure C.6-2. Vernal Pool Fairy Shrimp Location Map (3.7MB)
Figure C.6-3. Biotic Habitat within Project Boundary
Figure C.6-4. 100-Year Floodplain (3.5MB)
Figure C.6-5. Rare Plant Location Map
Figure C.6-6. CNDDB Records for Special-Status Wildlife
Figure C.6-7. California Tiger Salamander Map (3.5MB)
Figure C.6-8. Blunt-nosed Leopard Lizard - 2009 Detections
Figure C.6-9. Giant Kangaroo Rat Detections
Figure C.6-10. San Joaquin Kit Fox Habitat Suitability in Project Area
Figure C.6-11. San Joaquin Kit Fox Habitat Suitability Including Mitigation Land
Figure C.6-12. Potential Revised Project Fenceline
C.7 Cultural and Paleontological Resources
C.7.1 Environmental Setting
C.7.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.7.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.7.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.7.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.7.6 References
C.8 Geology, Mineral Resources, and Soils
C.8.1 Environmental Setting
C.8.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.8.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.8.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.8.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.8.6 References
Figure C.8-1. Regional Active and Potentially Active Faults and Historic Earthquakes
C.9 Hazards and Hazardous Materials
C.9.1 Environmental Setting
C.9.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.9.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.9.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.9.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.9.6 References
C.10 Land Use and Recreation
C.10.1 Environmental Setting
C.10.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.10.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.10.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.10.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.10.6 References
Figure C.10-1. Project Boundary and BLM Recreational Land
C.11 Noise
C.11.1 Environmental Setting
C.11.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.11.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.11.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.11.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.11.6 References
Figure C.11-1. Outdoor Day/Night Sound Levels in Different Areas
Figure C.11-2. Existing Residences in the Project Area
C.12 Population and Housing
C.12.1 Environmental Setting
C.12.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.12.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.12.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.12.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.12.6 References
C.13 Public Services, Utilities, and Service Systems
C.13.1 Environmental Setting
C.13.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.13.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.13.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.13.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.13.6 References
C.14 Transportation and Circulation
C.14.1 Environmental Setting
C.14.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.14.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.14.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.14.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.14.6 References
Figure C.14-1. Regional Roadway System
Figure C.14-2. Mitigated Construction Haul Route and Trip Distribution
C.15 Water Resources
C.15.1 Environmental Setting
C.15.2 Applicable Regulations, Plans, and Standards
C.15.3 Environmental Impacts and Mitigation Measures
C.15.4 Cumulative Impact Analysis
C.15.5 Level of Significance after Mitigation
C.15.6 References
Figure C.15-1. Water Resources
Figure C.15-2. Active and Inactive Groundwater Well Locations
D. Cumulative Scenario
D.1 CEQA Requirements
D.2 Cumulative Development Scenario
D.3 Cumulative Impact Analysis Methodology
D.4 References
Figure D-1. Cumulative Scenario
E. Alternatives
E.1 CEQA Requirements for Alternatives
E.2 Alternatives Evaluation Process
E.3 Alternatives Retained for Analysis
E.4 Alternatives Considered but Eliminated from Further Consideration
E.5 No Project Alternative
E.6 Comparison of Project Alternatives
E.7 Environmentally Superior Alternative
E.8 References
Figure E-1. Alternative A
Figure E-2. Alternative B
Figure E-3. Alternative C
Figure E-4. Westlands Competitive Renewable Energy Zone (CREZ) Boundary
F. Other CEQA Considerations
F.1 Growth-Inducing Effects
F.2 Significant Irreversible Commitment of Resources
F.3 Significant Effects that Cannot be Avoided
F.4 Energy Conservation
F.4 References
G. Glossary, Acronyms, and Abbreviations
G.1 Terminology
G.2 Glossary, Acronyms, and Abbreviation
H. EIR Preparers and Organizations Consulted
Appendices
Appendix 1. Scoping Report, including Notice of Preparation (6.7MB)
Appendix 2. Agriculture Background Information
Appendix 3. Air Quality Background Information
Appendix 4. Biological Resources Background Information (11.5MB)
Appendix 5. Cultural Resources Background Information (3.8MB)
Appendix 6. Hydrologic Study (3.7MB)
Appendix 7. Noise Background Information
Appendix 8A. Traffic Impact Study (3.8MB)
Appendix 8B. Roadway Analysis (3.5MB)
Appendix 9. Consistency Analysis for Applicable Land Use Laws, Ordinances, Policies, and Goals
Appendix 10. Glint and Glare Study
Appendix 11. Geotechnical Report (9.5MB)
     
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