Level 3 Communications Infrastructure Project


Environmental Review 



In Decision No. 98-03-028, issued March 28, 1998, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) granted Level (3) Communications, LLC (Level (3)), a CPCN to provide services to the public as a facilities-based, competitive local exchange carrier.  CPUC’s decision allows Level (3) to construct underground innerduct and cable installation and support facilities within existing utility Right-of-Ways (ROWs).  In accordance with the environmental mitigation measures specified in CPUC’s Negative Declaration IX for the Project, a Petition to Modify (or “Application for Modification of”) the CPCN must be filed to obtain approvals for activities outside of existing utility ROWs.  To address CPUC’s requirements for proposed off-ROW work, Level (3) prepared and submitted a Final Proponent’s Environmental Assessment (PEA) on January 24, 2000, as part of its filing of an Application for Modification of its CPCN.  The Application for Modification involves the construction and operation of twenty-one (21) Project elements that would involve off-ROW activities.  These elements and their locations are listed below by County. 

Finalization of the Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration and Initial Study

In response to Level (3)’s Application for Modification of its CPCN, the CPCN prepared a Subsequent Mitigated Negative Declaration (SMND) and Initial Study to the above-referenced Negative Declaration IX.  The SMND and its Initial Study describe the proposed Project modifications (off-ROW elements) and their potential environmental effects.  Based on these documents, it has been determined that the proposed modifications will not have any effects on the environment that cannot be mitigated to a level of less-than-significant. 

The SMND and Initial Study were made available for public and agency review and comment between April 10, 2000 and May 19, 2000.  The documents were made available on the Internet and additionally were transmitted to the locations referenced in the table below.  In total, eleven (11) comment letters were received, ten (10) of which were received by state and local agencies, and one (1) of which was received from the public. 

Following closure of the public review period, responses to all comments received on the documents were completed, and modifications to the Initial Study and SMND were undertaken, as appropriate, to reflect these comments.

Volume I represents the Final SMND and Initial Study necessary for the Commission to consider approval of the 21 proposed off-ROW Project elements.  It includes: the comments received on the April 10, 2000 SMND and Initial Study; the CPUC’s responses to these comments; modifications to the text of the April 10, 2000 SMND, where appropriate, to address comments; and, a Mitigation Monitoring Plan for Commission adoption if the Final SMND and Initial Study are approved. 

Volume II is the original SMND and Initial Study that were made available for public and agency review on April 10, 2000.  It includes: a Project overview and Master Initial Study Checklist for all of the proposed off-ROW elements; and, the 21 site-specific Initial Study Checklists for each of the proposed elements. 

Together, Volumes I and II represent the Final SMND and Initial Study for the proposed off-ROW elements. They are intended to be used in conjunction with the each other for site-specific detail and general reference. 





Alameda County

The Emeryville In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit and Distribution Node, located at 5000 Hollis Street in the City of Emeryville.

Alameda County Library
Attn: Barbara Baxter
2450 Stevenson Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538-2326
(510) 745-1504

Colusa County

The Colusa In-Line Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 210 Tenth Street in the City of Colusa.

Colusa County Library
Attn: Brenda Gross
738 Market Street
Colusa, CA 95932
(530) 458-7671

Fresno County

The Fresno Regeneration Unit, located along the southern edge of West Napa Avenue, east of its intersection with Fruit Avenue, in the City of Fresno

Fresno County Public Library
Attn: Marie Stanley
2420 Mariposa Street
Fresno, CA 93721-2285
(559) 488-3185

Imperial County

The El Centro In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 1198 and 1202 Industry Way in El Centro.


El Centro Public Library
Attn: Mrs. Shelton
539 State Street
El Centro, CA 92243
(760) 337-4565

Kern County

The Bakersfield In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 7731 DiMiller Drive, Bakersfield

Beal Memorial Library
Attn: John Walden
701 Truxton Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93301
(661) 868-0701

Kings County

The Hanford In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located along the western edge of Tenth Avenue, south of its intersection with Hanford Armona Road, in the City of Hanford.

Kings County Library
Attn: Louise Hodges
401 North Douty Street
Hanford, CA 93230
(559) 582-0262

Modoc County

The Tionesta Regeneration Unit, located approximately 500 feet southwest of the intersection of County Road 97 and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway in Modoc County.

Modoc County Library
Attn: Cheryl Baker
212 West Third Street
Alturas, CA 96101
(530) 233-6329

Monterey County

The San Ardo In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at the northeast intersection of Cattlemen Road and Short Street in San Ardo.

Seaside Branch Library
Attn: Myra Kong
550 Harcourt Avenue
Seaside, CA 93955
(831) 899-2055

Riverside County

The Corona In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 13601 Temescal Canyon Road north of the City of Lake Elsinore.


Riverside Public Library
Attn: Reference Department
3581 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92506
(909) 826-5201

San Bernardino County


The San Bernardino Terminal, located on North Industrial Parkway in the City of San Bernardino


San Bernardino County Library
Attn: Government Documents
104 W. Fourth Street
San Bernardino, CA 92415-0035
(909) 387-5717

San Jouquin County

The Stockton In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 2079 Miner Avenue in the City of Stockton.

Chavez Central Library
Attn: Reference Librarian
605 North El Dorado
Stockton, CA 95202
(209) 937-8221

San Luis Obispo County

(1) The Cuesta Grade Workaround to be located at the start at the intersection of Miossi Road and Loomis Street, heading in a northeasterly direction, and ending where the route rejoins the UPRR on the north side of Cuesta Pass.

(2) The San Luis Obispo Regeneration Unit and Distribution-Node, located at 3550 Broad Street, within the City of San Luis Obispo.

San Luis Obispo City Library
Attn: Reference Desk, Second Floor, 955 Palm Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
(805) 781-5991

Santa Barbara County

The Santa Barbara In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at Helena Avenue in the City of Santa Barbara.


Santa Barbara County Library
Attn: Ms. Eddie Quimby
40 East Anapamu
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 962-7653

Shasta County

The Palo Cedro In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 22020 Palo Way, Palo Cedro.

Shasta County Library
Attn: Linda Mandere
1855 Shasta Street
Redding, CA 96001
(530) 255-5754

Solano County

The Fairfield In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit, located at 106 Railroad Avenue in Suisun City.


Fairfield Suisun Library
Attn: Patricia Khan
1150 Kentucky Street
Fairfield, CA 94533
(707) 421-6500

Tehama County

(1) The Corning In-Line-Amplification (ILA) Unit located at 702 Second Street in Corning.

(2)  The Dibble Creek Workaround located adjacent to the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way  in Red Bluff.


Tehama County Library
Attn: Reference Librarian
645 Madison Street
Red Bluff, CA 96080
(530) 527-0604

Ventura County

(1) The Moorpark In-Line-Amplification Unit, located at 5245 Kazuko Court in Moorpark.

(2) The Ventura In-Line-Amplification Unit, located at 1667 Walter Street in Ventura.


The Foster Library
Attn: Donna Roff
651 East Main Street
Ventura, CA 93001
(805) 641-4414

Yolo County

The Sacramento Terminal, located at 1075 Triangle Court in West Sacramento.

Yolo County Library
Attn: Jay Johnstone
315 East 14th Street
Davis, CA 95616
(530) 666-8005

Copies of the environmental review documents were also made available at the following locations:

(1) Commission Central Files
Public Advisor
107 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA  90012
(213) 897-3544
Mon.-Fri.  8:15 am - 5 p.m.
(2) California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94102
(415) 703-2045
Mon.-Fri. 8:15 am - 5 p.m.

Contact Information

For further information regarding the Project and the Final SMND attached, the CPUC contact is:

John Boccio, CPUC  
(703) 415-2641
c/o Aspen Environmental Group
30423 Canwood Street, Suite 215
Agoura Hills, CA 91301-4316
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