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EPA has cleared 5,567 Sonoma, Napa properties of hazardous waste

A crew from Argonaut Constructors of Santa Rosa work to clear debris from a razed home on Hillary Court in Coffey Park, Monday Nov. 6, 2017, one month after the Tubbs fire roared through Santa Rosa. (Kent Porter / The Press Democrat) 2017

MARTIN ESPINOZA,

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it has removed household hazardous waste from three-quarters of Sonoma and Napa county properties destroyed or damaged during last month’s North Bay wildfires.

The EPA said that since its hazardous waste removal operations began Oct. 27, it had cleaned 5,567 properties in both counties. The federal agency has collected items such as small paint cannisters, large chemical drums, corrosive or toxic cleaners, solvents, oils, batteries, herbicides and pesticides.

The items removed have been transported to EPA staging areas in Windsor and Yountville before they are sent to permanent disposal locations. EPA officials said the cleanup of hazardous waste is necessary before state and federal agencies can remove ash and other debris.

You can reach Staff Writer Martin Espinoza at 707-521-5213 or martin.espinoza@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @renofish.