STATE OF CALIFORNIA, PETE WILSON, Governor
October 5, 1998
RE: Variance Request #119 - Extend the construction start time from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. for Segment 1 construction activities between the Emidio Pump Station (station number 00+00) and Gorman (station number 1334+89), Kern County.
Dear Mr. Shauers:
We have reviewed the above-referenced variance request, and approve your request based on the following factors:
In accordance with Mitigation Measure N-1, pipeline construction activities shall occur between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday (or for a shorter period if stipulated by applicable noise ordinance).
A 6:00 a.m. construction start time has been proposed to take advantage of the daylight hours associated with daylight savings time.
The majority of the remaining construction on Segment 1 is located north of the Tejon Ranch Headquarters (approximate station number 1060+00). Given the rural nature of lands traversed by Segment 1, few residences or businesses are located along or near the pipeline right-of-way.
The Noise Element - Kern County General Plan (December 1989) provides guidelines for noise and does not prohibit a 6:00 a.m. construction start time within designated "Insensitive Land Uses" areas.
The measures noted below shall be implemented:
- All applicable mitigation measures shall be implemented, including noise abatement.
- The 6:00 a.m. construction start time shall be limited to those areas designated as "Insensitive Land Uses" or are located at minimum 300 feet from any residences.
- If temporary lighting is erected to facilitate construction during pre-sunrise or post-sunset hours, the lighting shall be oriented in such a manner as to not project onto Interstate 5 or into nearby residences.
- Implementation of this variance in accordance with the provisions noted above shall be verified on a random basis by a CPUC/ANF Environmental Monitor.
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