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  • Michael J. BocchicchioAsst. Vice President Facilities AdministrationUniversity of California, Office of the President1111 Franklin Street 6th Floor #6201Oakland, CA 94607-5200

    James E. HolstOffice of the General Counsel of The RegentsUniversity of California300 Lakeside Drive, 7th FloorOakland, CA 94612-3550

    Phil ZeninerState Water Resources Control BoardDivision of Water QualityP.O. Box 100Sacramento, CA 95801

    State of CaliforniaNative American Heritage Commission915 Capitol Mall, Room 364Sacramento, CA 95814

    Department of Toxic Substances Control400 P Street, 4th FloorSacramento, CA 94814

    Solano County Department of Environmental Management601 Texas StreetFairfield, CA 94533

    Steve OliveDepartment of Conservation801 K Street, MS-24-02Sacramento, CA 95814

    Jeffery PulvermanCaltrans, District 3703 B StreetMarysville, CA 95901

    State of CaliforniaOffice of Planning and Research1400 Tenth StreetSacramento, CA 95814 (15 copies)

    County ClerkCounty of Yolo625 Court StreetWoodland, CA 95695 (notice only)

    Hans KreutzbergOffice of Historic PreservationP.O. Box 942896Sacramento, CA 94296-0001

    Craig StowersDepartment of Fish & Game7400 Hendon WayElk Grove, CA 95758

    Country ClerkCounty of Solano600 Texas StreetFairfield, CA 94533

    Bill EmlenCity of DavisCommunity Development Director23 Russell BoulevardDavis, CA 95616 (3 copies)

  • John BencomePlanning DepartmentCounty of Yolo292 West Beamer StreetWoodland, CA 95695

    Christopher ManskeSolano County Planning601 Texas StreetFairfield, CA 94533

    Thomas ToYolo County Department of Public HealthEnvironmental Health Services10 Cottonwood StreetWoodland, CA 95695

    Environmental ServicesDepartment of Fish and Game1701 Nimbus Road, Suite ARancho Cordova, CA 95670

    Wayne WhiteU.S. Fish and Wildlife ServiceEcological Services2800 Cottage Way #W-2605Sacramento, CA 95825-1888

    Larry GreenYolo-Solano Air Quality Management District1947 Galileo Court, Suite 103Davis, CA 95616

    Richard McHenryCentral Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board3443 Routier RoadSacramento, CA 95827-3098

    Russell HuckEnvironmental Management BranchDepartment of Health ServicesP.O. Box 942732Sacramento, CA 94234-7320

    Peter VenturiniAir Resources Board2020 L StreetSacramento, CA 95815

    Sue OLearyPermitting and Inspection Branch, MS #15California Integrated Waste Management Board1001 I StreetPO Box 4025Sacramento, California 95812-4025

    Allen PattonState Water Resources Control BoardDivision of Clean Water ProgramsP.O. Box 944212Sacramento, CA 94244-2120

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    UC Davis California Regional Primate Research Center Improvement Projects DraftTiered Focused Environmental Impact Report


    Proposed Project

    UC Davis proposes the construction and operation of five improvement projects at theCalifornia Regional Primate Research Center (CRPRC) to provide increased infrastructureand facilities for expanded research. The CRPRC is located in Yolo County on the UCDavis Campus, south and west of the intersection of County Road 98 and RussellBoulevard. The campus prepared a Draft Tiered Focused Environmental Impact Report(EIR) analyzing the potential significant environmental effects of the proposal. The purposeof this notice is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on the DraftTiered Focused EIR.

    The projects include: (1) the construction of stormwater drainage improvements including astormwater detention basin to eliminate flooding at and adjacent to the CRPRC; (2) sevennew outdoor field corrals and a stormwater retention basin to retain the stormwater runofffrom the existing and proposed field corrals; (3) 24 new animal pens or corncribs for socialhousing of monkeys; (4) a new 2,700-assignable-square-foot (asf) building and a 1,600 asftrailer to provide office space for the Brain, Mind, and Behavior (BM&B) ResearchProgram; and (5) a modular rodent holding facility of 2,700 asf for the Center ofComparative Medicine (CCM). The proposed projects include two stormwater collectionsbasins. One is a stormwater detention basin that would temporarily hold stormwater runofffrom the agricultural fields and slowly release it to the Covell Drain. The other is astormwater retention basin that would collect stormwater runoff from the field corrals wherenonhuman primates are housed. Water from this basin would not be released to anysurface waters but would dissipate through evaporation and infiltration into the ground.

    Project Objectives

    Each of the five improvement projects is proposed to address certain program needs orspecific existing problems at the CRPRC. The stormwater drainage improvements arerequired to address the problem of flooding in and around the CRPRC. The field corralsand corncribs are required so that the CRPRC can handle the increasing demand forresearch animals. The new BM&B research office building and trailer are needed replacespace currently located in old temporary buildings at the CRPRC that are required for otherpurposes. The rodent facility is needed to provide rodent holding space near the CCMwhere rodents are used for research.

    Environmental Review

    In compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the state andUniversity of California guidelines for implementation of CEQA, a Draft Tiered Focused

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    Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared that identifies and evaluates theenvironmental impacts of the proposed project.

    The environmental analysis for the proposed project is tiered from the UC Davis 1994LRDP EIR in accordance with Sections 15152 and 15168(c) of the CEQA Guidelines (Title14, California Code of Regulations, Section 15000 et seq.) and Public Resources CodeSection 21094. The environmental analysis is tiered from the 1994 LRDP EIR (StateClearinghouse No. 94022005), as updated and revised by a number of subsequentdocuments. Specifically, the 1994 LRDP EIR was updated and revised by the 1997Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Replacement Project EIR (State Clearinghouse Nos.95123027 and 96072024), the 1997-98 Major Capital Improvement Projects SupplementalEnvironmental Impact Report (SEIR) (State Clearinghouse No. 97122016), the Center forthe Arts Performance Hall and South Entry Roadway and Parking Improvements TieredInitial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (State Clearinghouse No. 98092016), theUSDA Western Human Nutrition Research Center Tiered Initial Study and MitigatedNegative Declaration (State Clearinghouse No. 99092060), and the Veterinary MedicineLaboratory and Equine Athletic Performance Laboratory Facilities Focused Tiered EIR(State Clearinghouse No. 2000022057). These documents are available for review duringnormal operating hours at the UC Davis Office of Resource Management and Planning in376 Mrak Hall on the UC Davis campus; at Reserves in Shields Library on the UC Daviscampus; at the Yolo County Public Library, 315 E. 14th Street, Davis; at the Vacaville PublicLibrary, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville; and online athttp://www.ormp.ucdavis.edu/environreview/ (technical appendices are not available online). A document summarizing amendments to the 1994 LRDP and revisions to the 1994 LRDPEIR also is available online and is included as an appendix to the CRPRC ImprovementProjects EIR.

    The 1994 LRDP EIR as amended is a Program EIR, prepared pursuant to Section 15168of the CEQA Guidelines (Title 14, California Code of Regulations, Sections 15000 et seq.). The 1994 LRDP EIR analyzed full implementation of uses and physical developmentproposed under the 1994 LRDP through the academic year 2005-06, and identifiedmeasures to mitigate the significant adverse project and cumulative impacts associatedwith that growth.

    Pursuant to Section 15161 of the CEQA Guidelines, the Draft Tiered Focused EIR for theCRPRC Improvement Projects is a project EIR examining the environmental impacts of theproposed development on a project-specific level. As provided for in the CEQA Guidelines,the environmental analysis for the CRPRC Improvement Projects incorporates by referencerelevant information contained in the UC Davis 1994 LRDP EIR. A Tiered Initial Study(State Clearinghouse No. 2000042075) prepared for the proposed CRPRC ImprovementProjects concluded that the proposed projects would not result in any potentially significantimpacts that are not sufficiently addressed and mitigated by the 1994 LRDP EIR, asamended. However, four of the five projects are potentially controversial due to the use ofanimals. Therefore, the campus decided to prepare an EIR for the projects. The focusedEIR analyzes certain potential impacts related to Hazards and Hazardous Materials. TheTiered Initial Study is included as Appendix A in the Draft Focused Tiered EIR. To address

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    issues raised during the public comment period for the Initial Study, the EIR also analyzesimpacts related to land use compatibility: visual impacts, noise impacts, odor impacts,construction vehicle impacts, and dust impacts. To address new information related to theenergy crisis in California, the EIR also addresses energy-related impacts.

    Based on the Draft Focused Tiered EIR, it has been determined that project-specificimpacts will be less than significant following mitigation. Potentially significant impacts thatwill be reduced to a less than significant level with the implementation of project specificmitigation measures include impacts in the areas of hazards (potential for avian botulism),traffic safety (truck traffic during project construction), and noise (construction equipmentnoise).

    The project may incrementally contribute to, but not exceed, significant and unavoidablecumulative impacts identified in the 1994 LRDP EIR related to loss of prime agriculturalland, intersection level of service (LOS), noise levels, criteria and toxic air emissions,exposure to existing hazardous materials during construction, hazardous materials use andhazardous materials waste generation, radioactive materials use and radioactive wastegeneration, biohazardous materials use and biohazardous waste generation, emergencyresponse, loss of agricultural land, loss of ruderal/annual grassland habitat for wildlifespecies, post-construction water quality, loss of ground water recharge potential, waterdemand from the deep aquifer, seismic ground shaking, loss of cultural resources, loss ofrural character, fire protection services, police protection services, and contribution ofschool age children to the Davis Joint Unified School District (DJUSD).

    Most of the impacts are significant on a cumulative level only. Many of these significantcumulative impacts can be avoided through implementation of the LRDP EIR mitigationmeasures or measures by agencies outside the jurisdiction of the University of California. All significant and unavoidable impacts have been addressed in the findings and statementof overriding considerations adopted by The Regents in connection with approval of the1994 LRDP.

    Public Review and Comment

    The PUBLIC REVIEW PERIOD for the California Regional Primate Research CenterImprovement Projects Draft Tiered Focused EIR will be from August 31 through October 15,2001. Copies of the Draft Tiered Focused EIR and the 1994 LRDP EIR may be obtained atthe address below and are on file at 376 Mrak Hall on the UC Davis campus, Reserves atShields Library-UC Davis, the Yolo County Library, 315 East 14th St., Davis, California, andthe Vacaville Public Library, 1020 Ulatis Drive, Vacaville. The CRPRC ImprovementProjects Draft Tiered Focused EIR is also available on-line at http://www.ormp.ucdavis.edu/environreview/.

    A PUBLIC HEARING to receive testimony as part of the formal record on the DEIR isscheduled as follows:

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    Date: September 26, 2001Time: 7:00 p.m.Place: AGR Room, Alumni and Visitors Center, UC Davis

    Written comments received during the public review period, scheduled to end at5:00 p.m. on October 15, 2001, will also be part of the formal public record and may besubmitted to:

    Vice Chancellor John A. MeyerOffice of Resource Management and PlanningUniversity of CaliforniaOne Shields AvenueDavis, California 95616