Updated on November 9, 2017
Only a short time has passed since multiple fires destroyed hundreds of thousands of acres, including homes, schools, businesses, and more in Northern California. While many residents have been able to return to their homes and start the cleanup process, the aftermath has caused some unexpected issues for others. Residents of Journey’s End Mobile Home Park in Santa Rosa, California were admitted to return to their homes mere weeks ago after forced evacuation notices due to the nearby Tubbs fire. However, residents were recently told the park would be closing while the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests for asbestos.
EPA Removing Hazardous Debris After Fires
Last month, Governor Jerry Brown issued an executive order that allowed the EPA to assist the State of California with the removal of any hazardous waste materials created by the fires, which includes asbestos. After consulting with the EPA, city officials decided to shut down the mobile home park. At this time, there is no confirmation that asbestos is present in the area, but materials in question that were found at the site are being tested, which will determine future actions.
Residents are understandably discontent with the current situation. According to the Press Democrat, many have expressed frustration with the fact that they are not even allowed to enter their homes and grab their belongings. Unfortunately, this is a necessary precaution that must be taken to mitigate the risk of transporting asbestos-contaminated materials to other areas.
—-UPDATED on November 9, 2017
Asbestos Has Been Removed From Journey’s End
The EPA was able to successfully remove any asbestos-containing debris within the mobile home park. However, the mobile home park is still closed to residents as the decision to re-open can only be made by the property owners.