Approved Waivers of Rules and Regulations under Executive Orders for Fire Relief

Rim Fire Phase I

Pursuant to Executive Order B-23-13 a California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) waiver has been provided relative to the implementation of the Federal Phase I Restoration Plan for the Rim Fire.  It has been expressly determined that this exemption is necessary to expedite funding for the implementation of federally approved restoration measures in the Federal Phase I implementation plan for Rim Fire Recovery that seek to protect and restore significant damaged area adjacent to or which implicates state and other lands, and for which a federal restoration plan has been developed and approved. Executive Order B-23-13 expressly permits the Secretary for the California Natural Resources Agency to waive “State statutes, rules, regulations and … to the extent they apply to…removal, storage, transportation, and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous solid waste and debris resulting from the Rim Fire and that are subject to the jurisdiction of agencies within the California Environmental Protection Agency and the California Natural Resources Agency…and, necessary restoration and rehabilitation of timberland, streams, rivers, and other waterways. Such statutes, rules, regulations and requirements are hereby suspended only to the extent necessary for expediting the removal and cleanup of debris from the fires, and for implementing any restoration plan…”  All other permits and state rules or regulations that may be required, including those under the California Endangered Species Act, are not exempted under this decision.

Rim Fire Phase II

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