[Property owners: To receive no-cost removal of hazardous materials from your property, you must complete a Right-Of-Entry form to allow EPA clean-up teams to enter your property]
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been asked by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to collect potentially hazardous materials from properties to protect residents and to ensure these materials are disposed of properly. The removal of household hazardous waste is required before the property can be cleared of ash and debris.
On Monday, October 19, 2020, EPA cleanup crews began assessing and removing household hazardous waste from fire-damaged properties. These wastes include products like paint, cleaners, solvents, pesticides, fuel, oil, batteries, ammunition, and pressurized tanks. Once completed, properties will receive a sign indicating they’ve completed Phase 1 cleanup, making them eligible for the next cleanup step: ash and debris removal.
View EPA's HHW cleanup progress on a map. Properties colored bright green have already completed this Phase 1 cleanup.
The hazardous materials will be removed to a staging area which will occupy part of Boise Cascade property at 1229 Beall Lane in Central Point, Oregon. EPA is deeply grateful for Boise Cascade’s generous offer to temporarily share their Central Point property and assist the community in recovery. EPA and their contractors will be operating the facility, which will be secured 24 hours a day, where response workers will evaluate, organize and consolidate materials that EPA response teams will be recovering from burned homesites in the area. It will also serve as the main assembly, assignment and dispatch point for agency responders and contractors each morning as they head to area worksites.
Once the materials and containers arrive on site in sealed plastic containers and packaging, they will be inspected, organized and secured for shipment. They will be removed promptly by truck to be safely disposed of at a licensed & permitted disposal facility.
The staging area is expected to operate between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm, seven days a week, for approximately two months. EPA expects high levels of vehicle activity during operating hours, there will be bright lights illuminating the area for safety and unfortunately some unavoidable noise. Response officials are thanking local residents in advance for their patience and understanding during the construction, operation and dismantling of the facility when EPA’s work in the area is complete.
To protect workers and neighbors, air monitors will be used around the work site to be sure asbestos fibers and other harmful chemicals are not released to the air. In addition, locals may see the workers in HAZMAT suits to protect them from prolonged exposure to potentially harmful materials. EPA response officials ask everyone except authorized personnel to avoid the area due to the expected high-volume of heavy vehicle traffic and construction activity over the next several months.
For questions about the EPA's Household Hazardous Waste removal program, call 541-225-5549. For general information about the debris cleanup effort, visit wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup