Although the recent Northern California wildfires are nearly contained, the region still faces a significant environmental threat. In their wake, the fires have left behind a substantial amount of debris and ash, which means the next step in helping the region recover from this disaster is cleaning up the devastation.
Houses can contain all kinds of hazardous materials including ammunition, paint, household cleaners and propane tanks. And when houses burn, these dangerous compounds mix with the ash and debris causing a big health and safety problem.
Through our USEPA ERRS contract, Environmental Quality Management, Inc. (EQM) is spearheading the effort to clean up the hazardous household waste left behind by the wildfires. We have mobilized the clean-up crews that are responsible for the post-fire remediation efforts and for helping the impacted areas recover. Cleanup to be conducted by our company includes:
- Collecting, transporting and disposing of household hazardous waste, orphan containers and drums, and other industrial and chemical wastes.
- Rendering safe high-hazard materials such as ammunition, propane tanks, and cylinders damaged by fire and providing for their transport and disposal.
- Installing stormwater Best Management Practices.
- Providing technical and logistical assistance to USEPA.
EQM is honored to be a part of these cleanup efforts that help the affected communities rebuild and continue on with their lives. Some of the stories from the families and the communities are truly heartbreaking and it is a great honor to help our neighbors in northern California. Witnessing the different groups giving so much of themselves and working together to help people they don’t know leaves one with an indescribable sense of pride for our people.