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Opt-In Debris Removal Program Deadline is January 28th

On November 12th, 2018, the County of Los Angeles issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency and Order Prohibiting the Endangerment of the Community through the Unsafe Removal, Transport and Disposal of Fire Debris citing "the potential for widespread toxic exposures and threats to public health and the environment exists in the aftermath of a major wildfire disaster, and debris and ash from residential structure fires contain hazardous substances that can result in adverse health impacts to the public". Additionally the order states: "No removal of fire debris resulting from the Woolsey fire and concurrent fires in Los Angeles County shall occur from properties without...

HazMat Inspected Properties Update – Phase 1

Victims of the Woolsey Fire must have their properties inspected and cleared of hazardous materials by a HazMat team. Fire debris cannot be removed from properties before inspection by the County. On November 12, 2018, Los Angeles County issued a Declaration of a Local Health Emergency, prohibiting the removal and disposal of fire debris without first being inspected and cleared by a HazMat team from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Toxic Substance Control and Los Angeles County Fire Department. Properties are currently being assessed and does not require owner consent. Once a property is inspected and cleared, the Fire Department will add...

Hazardous Waste Removal Process

According to the L.A. County website, Phase I of the Woolsey Fire Debris Removal Program, is when local government, state and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) come out to inspect impacted properties and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment. Phase I is automatic, and includes both residential and commercial properties that have been destroyed by the fires. Phase II is whenCalOES, FEMA, and local officials will coordinate with the State’s Debris Task Force and its Debris...