Cleanup of Contaminated Wildfire Sites Near Completion in Northern California

December 19, 2017  |  Environmental, Wildfire

Slowly but surely, progress is being made in the recovery from the horrible Northern California wildfires that killed more than 40 people and destroyed nearly 14,000 homes and other structures. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, hazardous waste cleanup of almost 7,000 in Napa and Sonoma counties is almost complete. A spokesman told The Santa Rosa Press Democrat that the hazardous material clean up was expected to be completed by the end of November.

A Massive Undertaking

The spokesman told the paper that 87 percent of the damaged structures had been cleared of hazardous waste such as fertilizers, asbestos, propane tanks, paints, solvents and much more. It is said to be the largest urban fire response ever for the EPA, and a state senator said it was the largest cleanup in California history.

But this is only the first step in an incredibly large cleanup effort. The next phase will involve the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers clearing concrete foundations from burned out residences. They will also be cleaning up other debris as well as ash.

Talk to the California Fire Lawyers

The California Fire Lawyers may be able to help if you have suffered losses related to the wildfires. Reports indicate that Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) equipment may have played a role in starting the fires, and many residents of the area are suing PG&E as a result. Please get in touch with us by calling 866-723-1890 or contact us online. We will listen to the details of your situation and let you know how we may be of assistance.

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