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.
Debris, Fire Ash, and Burned Homes
- Fact Sheet: Protecting Public Health from Home and Building Fire Ash (PDF)
- 2015 USEPA Sampling Results Concurrence (PDF)
- 2015 Wildfire Burn Debris Sampling & Analysis (PDF)
Asbestos Related Debris
- Asbestos May Be Present in Debris from Burned Homes and Businesses (Southern California Air Quality Management District)
- Asbestos and Fire-Damaged Buildings (PDF)
- Wildfire-damaged structure demolition/renovation activities reducing potential exposures to asbestos-containing materials (PDF)
- Handling ash, debris, and other hazardous materials from burned structures (English PDF)
- Handling ash, debris, and other hazardous materials from burned structures (Spanish PDF)
- Management Options for Expedited Collection of Hazardous Wastes from Burned Areas (English PDF)
- Management Options for Expedited Collection of Hazardous Wastes from Burned (Spanish PDF)