Update to LAPM Exhibit 6-J Preliminary Environmental Screening for Non-Infrastructure Projects

Text related to air quality has been incorporated into Exhibit 6-J Preliminary Environmental Screening for Non-Infrastructure Projects (PES (NI)) of the Local Assistance Procedures Manual (LAPM). The updated form now includes the following text:

“Air Quality:  For projects located in Non-Attainment/Maintenance or Attainment/Unclassified areas for CO, PM 2.5, and PM 10, those projects may be exempt from project-level conformity per 40 CFR 93.126 such as an activity which does not involve or lead directly to construction, or a safety project.” Refer to 40 CFR 93.126 Table 2 – Exempt Projects for the full listing.” 

Please use the most current PES (NI) form dated January 14, 2016 for all Non-infrastructure projects. Note: Only the PES (NI) and the Categorical Exemption/Categorical Exclusion Determination forms are required for Non-infrastructure projects. It is not necessary to complete the Air Quality Checklist, the Categorical Exclusion Checklist, No Effect Memo for Section 7, or the 106 Screen Memo. All forms related to Chapter 6 of the LAPM can be found on our LAPM forms webpage.

If you have questions regarding this form update, please contact Mr. Guadalupe (Lupe) V. Jiménez at (916) 651-6874 or at lupe.jimenez@dot.ca.gov, or contact your District Division of Local Assistance Senior Environmental Planner.