As part of the 2020 Oregon Wildfires Response and Recovery, EPA crews are removing Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) from home sites and other properties affected by the wildfires. EPA crews are assessing and removing HHW including chemicals, pesticides, compressed gas canisters and petroleum products. EPA is making quick work of Step 1 of the state’s recovery from the fires: the removal of household hazardous waste at residential and commercial properties in eight counties.
Since October 17, the agency’s crews have cleared over 1600 properties, which is required before Step 2: the removal of ash and other debris in preparation for rebuilding. As we conclude cleanups in Klamath and Jackson counties, EPA crews are continuing operations in Douglas, Lane, Linn, Marion and Lincoln counties and are expecting to expand into Clackamas county next week.
EPA can only conduct its work on a property if we have a “Right of Entry” form signed by the property owner. Property owners who have not already signed and returned a “Right-of-Entry” form should do so immediately by calling their county or the “Right of Entry” hotline at 682-800-5737. Property owners can call EPA’s hotline at 541-225-5549 with questions about household hazardous waste removal at their property and about the cleanup process. Callers can also use the hotline to give more details about their property that will help speed the removal work and prepare their property for the next cleanup phase. The hotline provides information in both English and Spanish. Property owners can see the status of their property and learn more about EPA’s progress at EPA’s 2020 Oregon Fires Recovery website: https://r10data.response.epa.gov/ORfi…. The Oregon Debris Management Task Force and its contractors will be conducting the larger and more complex Step 2 cleanup process. To learn more about Step 2, go to https://wildfire.oregon.gov/cleanup.
EPA 2020 Oregon Wildfires Recovery: Removing Household Hazardous Waste in Lincoln County: https://youtu.be/ZCpJjqHK2Cc
EPA 2020 Oregon Wildfires Recovery: Beware of Fraud & Scams: https://youtu.be/iZxedNvR9xU
EPA 2020 Oregon Wildfires Recovery: Step 1 and Step 2 Cleanups: https://youtu.be/1ZVqRkggS-E