Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal Actions Pursuant to a State or Local Emergency Proclamation   [open pdf - 7MB]

"In December 2010, the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) convened a Asbestos Debris Task Force to address the challenges the State of California faces for removing hazardous materials, waste, and debris from commercial and residential1 areas during state and federal disaster response and recovery operations. The Task Force included members of the Air Resources Board (ARB), Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), California Emergency Management Agency (Cal EMA), Cal/EPA, California Air Pollution Controls Officers Association (CAPCOA), the Department of Resource, Recovery and Recycling (DRRR, aka CalRecycle), Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Previously, waste and debris removal from catastrophic incidents must be handled in accordance with the National Emissions Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAP). The Task Force sought to identify and agree on debris management options to address local, state, and federal regulations during a natural disaster or man-made incident. A sub-committee led by Cal/EPA and representatives from ARB, Cal/EPA, CalRecycle, and DTSC was formed to address the development of debris management guidance and protocols that would address the NESHAP regulations, while utilizing best management practices to maintain protection of human health and the environment. This guidance document was created by the Task Force for conducting emergency hazardous material, waste, and debris removal actions under a local or state Proclamation of a State of Emergency."

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