8. Mitigation Measure H-1b
This mitigation measure limits slope gradients applicable to new roadways. SCE has requested a modification to allow a steeper gradient if it can be demonstrated to result in fewer impacts. We agree with SCE's request. If SCE can in fact demonstrate that a steeper gradient would result in fewer environmental impacts than a longer roadway with a more gentle gradient, SCE should be able to use the steeper gradient. We note that this modification does not reduce the environmental benefits associated with the mitigation measure; to the contrary, the intent of the modification is to maximize the reduction in environmental impacts associated with road construction.