EPA Assistance for Household Hazardous Wastes

Craig Whitenack

Assistant Liaison Officer – 2020 California Wildfires

USEPA Region 9

909/292-7327 (mobile)

I am part of the United States EPA team that is assisting residents of the SCU burn area with the process of debris removal. As you may have heard, EPA’s role is to make an initial pass through damaged properties to remove household hazardous wastes (HHW) from debris. The attached fact sheet provides more information about the HHW removal process and is a public document that you can distribute. EPA’s role in the recovery is to remove hazardous materials so that the next steps in the debris removal process can continue.

I would also like to put you in touch with EPA’s Public Information Officer Katherine Jenkins:



 On October 19th, EPA began sending reconnaissance teams into the area to assess parcels for hazardous trees, identify access issues, and identify parcels that should be added to the group of properties to be assessed for HHW. The primary purpose of the recon teams is to make the HHW visits that follow more efficient and to minimize the time needed to accomplish this work. EPA teams are easily identified: vehicles are clearly placarded and crew members wear safety vests that identify them as either EPA or EPA Contractor. Also, due to Covid protocols, vehicles are limited to one worker so there will be more vehicles than would normally be the case.

 If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or Katherine Jenkins.

Santa Clara HHW Phase 1 Factsheet final
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