PARADISE,Calif. — The long, laborious process of returning Paradise and neighboring towns to a safe state will begin next month when crews in masks, Tyvek suits and booties begin combing through every last property in this town that was decimated by wildfire. Their targets are things like burned bottles of bleach, melted cans of paint, and corroded car batteries, which will be tagged and removed.
Next, they will test the surrounding soil and, if needed, scrape away layers to get to clean earth, free from oil and gasoline. “You’d be surprised how much of that stuff survives a fire,” said Adam W. Palmer, an environmental scientist with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control who is helping lead the cleanup.
In the charred footprint of each home in Paradise lurks an invisible and dangerous legacy of the Camp Fire: toxic chemicals released by the blaze. There may be radioactive isotopes from burned-up antique crockware, cupboards of incinerated household cleaners, and asbestos from old siding. Heavy metals, chemicals and biological contaminants left behind demand a cleanup of extraordinary scale, before any permanent return to Paradise is safe, according to the department.
Contamination has slowed recovery. Huddled in messy shelters at local fairgrounds, or holed up in motels, thousands of residents are anxious to start sifting through what is left of their town, but officials say they cannot fully reopen until the areas are made safer.
Hazardous material removal teams will begin the process of clearing out the most dangerous toxic materials on Monday.
Even then, it will take time until the area is deemed safe. (NYT)
There is an important public hearing on the draft of Tarrytown’s Comprehensive Plan on Monday, November 19, 8pm at theVillage Hall. Please try to attend if you are able and please bring any questions, concerns, and suggestions about the draft plan. Please inform other groups, interested parties, neighbors, etc. Unfortunately, this was very poorly advertised by the Village. The Comp Plan draft document is here:
This Saturday, November 17th from 1-3 pm, the Route 9 Active Transportation Conceptual Design Plan Coalition and Consultants from Nelson\Nygaard will present the final draft of a conceptual plan to make Broadway safer for people walking and cycling through Westchester’s Rivertowns. The open house will be held at the main rotunda at Mercy College in Dobbs Ferry and will include discussion and next steps for implementation. TEAC urges members of our community to come hear what is proposed, and add your voice to the way traffic (of all kinds) will flow through our Villages.
Come out this Saturday to find everything you need for your Thanksgiving celebration and support all of the local vendors, because this is the last full farmers market of the season! Check out their website for a full schedule of events and do not miss the holiday dessert making contest! http://tashfarmersmarket.org
The Village of Tarrytown, in collaboration with TEAC, has established a local Food Scrap collection site and drop-off program. Residents can bring their food scraps and compostables in their own container or in compostable bags to specially-marked collection bins adjacent to the Senior Center in Pierson Park. Convenient household collection kits comprising of a small countertop bin, a larger outside bin, and a roll of 25 compostable bags, are available for only $20 at the Warner Library, Village Hall, and the Rec Center.
More information is here.
Welcome to the new website of the
Tarrytown Environmental Advisory Council (TEAC)!
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