CEQA EIR Required? Air Quality


Monterey Air Thresholds DEIR_PLN130352_040115_CH4_S4-03


III. AIR QUALITY — Where available, the significance criteria established by the applicable air quality management or air pollution control district may be relied upon to make the following determinations. Would the project:

a) Conflict with or obstruct implementation of the applicable air quality plan?

b) Violate any air quality standard or contribute substantially to an existing or projected air quality violation?

c) Result in a cumulatively considerable net increase of any criteria pollutant for which the project region is non- attainment under an applicable federal or state ambient air quality standard (including releasing emissions which exceed quantitative thresholds for ozone precursors)?

d) Expose sensitive receptors to substantial pollutant concentrations?

e) Create objectionable odors affecting a substantial number of people?


If there are 5,000 cars per day

CO2 per year for a car is 4.6 metric tons
at 100% capacity factor = 23,000 metric tons/year
at 71% capacity factor = 16,330 metric tons/year

Significance Threshold = 10,000 metric tons/year

If more than  61.2 % of STR/Home Stays are in Unincorporated Monterey there is a clear greenhouse gas argument.
Also remember that workers have to drive longer to their jobs, increasing CO2 emissions
  1. Greenhouse Gases

  2. 22  Pursuant to the requirements of SB 97, the California Natural Resources Agency adopted

  3. 23  amendments to the CEQA Guidelines for the feasible mitigation of GHG emissions or the effects

  4. 24  of GHG emissions in March 2010. These guidelines are used in evaluating the cumulative

  5. 25  significance of GHG emissions from the proposed Project. According to the adopted CEQA

  6. 26  Guidelines, impacts related to GHG emissions from the proposed Project would be significant if

  7. 27  the Project would:

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County of Monterey Section 4.3. Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions

  1. 1  Generate greenhouse gas emissions, either directly or indirectly, that may have a

  2. 2  significant impact on the environment; and/or

  3. 3  Conflict with an applicable plan, policy or regulation adopted for the purpose of

  4. 4  reducing the emissions of greenhouse gases.

  5. 5  The 2014 CEQA Guidelines do not establish a quantitative threshold of significance for GHG

  6. 6  impacts; instead, lead agencies have the discretion to establish such thresholds for their

  7. 7  respective jurisdictions. In Monterey County, the Greenhouse Gas Thresholds and Supporting

  8. 8  Evidence prepared by the San Luis Obispo County Air Pollution Control District (SLOAPCD) in

  9. 9  2012 is typically used as a guideline for evaluating GHG emissions for CEQA documents within

  10. 10  Monterey County (MBUAPCD 2014). The threshold established by the SLOAPCD is 10,000

  11. 11  metric tons (MT)/year for stationary sources, or 1,150 MT/year or 4.9 MT Service Population

  12. 12  (SP)/year (residents +employees). This stationary source threshold is consistent with the

  13. 13  threshold established by the BAAQMD, the Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management

  14. 14  District, and Santa Barbara County standards. 

    1. 15  Therefore, a proposed project would have a significant impact related to GHG emissions if the

    2. 16  project would:

    3. 17  • Generate more than 10,000 MT of equivalent carbon dioxide (CO2e) per year; or

    4. 18  • Generate 4.9 MT SP per year.

    5. 19  It should be noted that no air district has the power to establish definitive thresholds that will

    6. 20  completely relieve a lead agency of the obligation to determine significance on a case-by-case

    7. 21  basis (South Coast Air Quality Management District [SCAQMD] 2008). Additionally, SLOAPCD

    8. 22  requires that construction emission of a project be amortized over the life of a project and added

    9. 23  to the operational emissions.