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Butte County deals with illegal timber dumping sites from PG&E contractors

Throughout the county, multiple timber sites where logs are dumped are appearing, but according to a Butte County supervisor, these sites are illegal.

Posted: May 22, 2019 5:24 PM
Updated: May 23, 2019 9:02 AM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - Throughout the county, multiple timber sites where logs are dumped are appearing, but according to a Butte County supervisor, these sites are illegal. 

Butte County Supervisor Debra Lucero says these sites can be found at the Durham-Pentz and Clark Road roundabouts, and are illegal because PG&E did not coordinate with the county to get permission to use these sites to dump timber. 

According to Butte County rules, timber disposal sites need to be on industrial land. 

Whereas right now, the area around the roundabouts, and other illegal sites, are commercial and agricultural land.  

Lucero says the county will not be shutting down the sites because the county knows how pressing logging is right now. 

The county plans to work with the current sites to make all of them legal.

The county will require PG&E to make sure there is no contamination and to keep the logs wet during the fire season. 

One of our reporters reached out to PG&E.

PG&E apologized about the sites and said it should have done a better job at monitoring its contractors. 

 

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