Debris Removal

In December 2010, the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) convened an Asbestos Debris Task Force to address the challenges the State of California faces in removing hazardous materials, waste, and debris from commercial and residential 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 Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), CalEPA, California Air Pollution Controls Officers Association (CAPCOA), the Department of Resources, Recycling, and Recovery (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 were 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 subcommittee led by CalEPA and representatives from ARB, CalEPA, 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.

Guidance for Conducting Emergency Debris, Waste and Hazardous Material Removal Actions Pursuant to a State or Local Emergency Proclamation–October 2011 (PDF)

Disaster Debris Removal Best Management Practices (PDF)

Debris, Fire Ash, and Burned Homes

Asbestos Related Debris

Animal Debris

Proclamations of Local Health Emergency