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Community Raises Concerns Over Proposed Debris Sorting Site

The community is raising concerns over a proposed Camp Fire debris handling site in Oroville.

Posted: Dec 28, 2018 10:58 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The community is raising concerns over a proposed Camp Fire debris handling site in Oroville.

FEMA is looking at the former Koppers Inc. plant in Oroville for the site.

Crews would use the facility to sort and process non-hazardous debris.

It is controversial for the community due to its ties to a 1987 fire at the facility. The Butte County Environmental Council says that the fire released a toxic cloud that led to several cases of pancreatic cancer.

Now, neighbors are worried using the facility could stir up and spread old toxins into the area. 

"They're going to bring it here and crush the concrete and shred the metal and all of the rest of it, and we just feel like it's going to be a huge impact with 250 trucks per day," said Linda Draper of the Oroville City Council. 

Representatives from Cal OES say that the site will be properly monitored so that there is no effect on the surrounding areas. 

"The U.S. EPA has cleared the site as properly remediated," said Eric Lamoureux of Cal OES. "We are going to be working on making sure everything is above ground so there's no disturbance to anything on the site." 

FEMA has not announced an official debris-sorting site yet. 

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