SACRAMENTO – Today, the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES), in coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), CalRecycle, and Butte County, has determined there is no longer a need for a temporary debris handling facility for Camp Fire debris. After additional analysis regarding debris quantities and existing capabilities in the region, the State has determined there is adequate capacity to process concrete and metal at local facilities.
Due to this decision, the Consolidated Debris Removal Program for the Camp Fire will not use the Koppers industrial site as was proposed in the Environmental Assessment on Dec. 20, 2018 by USACE.
All concrete will be processed and either used for local projects or will be transferred outside the county for recycling. Locally-based facilities identified include Granite’s Pacific Heights Recycling Facility in Oroville and the Franklin Neal Road Recycle Facility in Paradise for concrete and, for metal, the Odin Metal Processing Facility in Oroville.
Operational circumstances, unanticipated volumes, and other factors associated with a recovery operation of this magnitude may compel the debris removal process to utilize other regional facilities as well. The State remains committed to working with local partners and the community as these decisions are made.
USACE will continue to coordinate with Cal OES and FEMA on the temporary housing mission to accommodate the needs of Camp Fire survivors.