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Warehouse Projects: Best Practices and Mitigation Measures to Comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

Warehouse Projects: Best Practices and Mitigation Measures to Comply with the California Environmental Quality Act

…imprudent warehouse development can harm local communities and the environment. Among other pollutants, diesel trucks visiting warehouses emit nitrogen oxide (NOx)—a primary precursor to smog formation and a significant factor in the development of respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, and lung irritation—and diesel particulate matter (a subset of fine particular matter that is smaller than 2.5 micrometers)—a contributor to cancer, heart disease, respiratory illnesses, and premature death. Trucks and on-site loading activities can also be loud, bringing disruptive noise levels during 24/7 operation that can cause hearing damage after prolonged exposure. The hundreds, and sometimes thousands, of daily truck and passenger car trips that warehouses generate contribute to traffic jams, deterioration of road surfaces, and traffic accidents.

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California Air Resources Board (CARB)

California Air Resources Board (CARB) comment letter to City of Roseville Development Services – Planning, dated August 11, 2021

Industrial development, such as the Project, can result in high daily volumes of heavy-duty diesel truck traffic and operation of on-site equipment (e.g., forklifts and yard tractors) that emit toxic diesel emissions, and contribute to regional air pollution and global climate change. The Project will expose nearby communities to elevated levels of air pollution. Existing residences are located south of the Project with the closest residences located approximately 680 feet from the Project’s southern boundary. There is also a planned residential development located adjacent to the Project site. In addition to residences, Orchard Ranch Elementary School, West Park High School, Chilton Middle School and Junction Elementary School are located within two miles of the Project area. Due to the
Project’s proximity to residences and schools, CARB is concerned with the potential health impacts associated with the construction and operation of the Project. CARB has reviewed the NOP and is concerned about the air pollution and health risk impacts that would result from the Project.

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