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U.S. EPA and Calif. DTSC near completion of Camp Fire household hazardous waste removal operations 2/6/2019 News Advisory

 

For Immediate Release: February 6, 2019

Media Contacts:

EPA: Soledad Calvino, calvino.maria@epa.gov, 415-972-3512

DTSC: Abbott Dutton, abbott.dutton@dtsc.ca.gov, 916-324-2997

 

U.S. EPA and Calif. DTSC near completion of Camp Fire household hazardous waste removal operations

 

BUTTE COUNTY – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the State of California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) have cleared household hazardous waste from more than 99 percent of properties in the Town of Paradise and Butte County as part of the Camp Fire response effort.

 

The remaining properties will be cleared of household hazardous waste by DTSC during the second phase of the cleanup process.

 

“EPA’s strong partnership with the State of California, Butte County and local officials helped expedite this critical first phase of the Camp Fire recovery,” said Mike Stoker, EPA’s Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest region. “We are honored to have contributed to these efforts and hope the community can move toward the next phase in the cleanup process.”

 

“California once again demonstrated that our collective resources and resolve can meet the challenges posed by unprecedented wildfire activity,” said Meredith Williams, Acting DTSC Director. “To have completed the cleanup of thousands of homes and businesses impacted by the state’s wildfires in under nine weeks is a significant accomplishment and speaks to the strength of our partnerships and our commitment to the safety of the survivors of these devastating fires.”

 

“In the face of the most destructive wildfires in California history, local, state, and federal partners mobilized in a swift response to stabilize the situation and begin the recovery process. Collaboration between the EPA and DTSC is a prime example. Tireless work over the past two months led to the completion of phase one ahead of schedule,” said David Samaniego, FEMA’s Federal Coordinating Officer. “We will continue to present a united front and support survivors every step of the way.”

 

“The completion of Phase I recovery operations ahead of the estimated timeline is a testament to our multiagency coordinated efforts,” said Mark Ghilarducci, Director, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services. “Together, we have successfully supported survivors and will continue that support throughout the Recovery process.”

 

During the first phase, which began on December 3, 2018, EPA and DTSC cleanup crews assessed and removed household hazardous waste from over 13,000 fire-damaged properties. These wastes included paint, solvents, pesticides, fuel, batteries and other combustible items. The California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) will begin removing solid waste, debris and ash in the affected areas during the second phase.

 

Approximately 50 properties were marked “No Access,” meaning crews could not enter the property due to a locked gate or fence, a property owner who denied access, dangerous trees or terrain, unstable structures or other unsafe conditions. DTSC will continue to work in the Town of Paradise and Butte County on those properties.

 

Although the majority of household hazardous waste has been removed during the first phase, some items may remain and will be removed in the second phase. Ash and other materials should not be disturbed.

 

Those who have questions about household hazardous waste removal or the second phase of the cleanup should contact the State of California’s Debris Removal Operations Center at 530-399-0434. EPA’s hotline is no longer operational.

 

Background

 

Household hazardous waste includes, but is not limited to, common items that may be corrosive, toxic or flammable. Products such as paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides can contain hazardous ingredients. Following a fire, these items require special handling and disposal, especially if their containers have been compromised.

 

For additional information on the Camp Fire response and recovery, please visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/

 

For the Phase 1 progress map, please visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/phase1status/



News Advisory -- 11/29/2018 12/3/2018 News Advisory

For Immediate Release: November 29, 2018

Media Contact: Margot Perez-Sullivan, perezsullivan.margot@epa.gov, 415-947-4149

Soledad Calvino (en español), Calvino.maria@epa.gov, 415-972-3512

U.S. EPA and Calif. DTSC begin hazardous waste removal following Camp Fire

BUTTE COUNTY – On Monday, December 3 the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with assistance from the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) will begin to assess and remove household hazardous waste from burned properties in the Town of Paradise and Butte County as part of the interagency response to the Camp Fire.

EPA and DTSC will consolidate and dispose of materials including paints, cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides. Fuel from pressurized cylinders and tanks will be removed and tanks will be marked for Cal Recycle to collect. Following a fire, these products require special handling and disposal, particularly if their containers are compromised. These efforts will reduce potential threats to public health and safety and allow other agencies to remove solid waste, debris and ash in the affected areas.

EPA’s work is authorized by a Federal Emergency Management Agency-issued federal disaster declaration mission assignment for wildfire operations and recovery. DTSC’s work is authorized by a California Office of Emergency Services-issued mission pursuant to the Governor’s Disaster Declaration. 

Specifically, EPA and DTSC’s response activities involve:

  • Assessment, survey and collection of household hazardous waste at over 18,000 properties in the Town of Paradise and Butte County.
  • Coordinating the safe removal, transport and disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous debris with the Town of Paradise, Butte County, FEMA, California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services and Cal Recycle.

For additional information on the recovery efforts in the Town of Paradise and Butte County, please visit: https://buttecountyrecovers.org/

For more information on past wildfire recovery efforts led by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, please visit: http://wildfirerecovery.org/

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