Yes. However, to avoid a duplication of benefits provided by the state or federal government, your insurance company is required to provide payment from your policy that is designated for debris removal. This is a required by state law (California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code sections 8680-8692) and is in Nevada County's Right of Entry form.
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Phase one: Nevada County declared a Local Health Emergency, allowing us to provide free hazardous waste clean-up services. All affected properties have already been assessed and clean-up operations are underway.
Phase two: Nevada County Environmental Health can assist you with debris removal on your property. You can contact Amy Irani, Director of Environmental Health, at (530) 265-1464 or firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain or complete a Right of Entry (ROE) form which grants government contractors access to your property. You can also find Nevada County's ROE and instructions to fill out the ROE on our Lobo and McCourtney Fire Recovery web pages.
The fire debris clean-up by state agencies and Nevada County has two phases: removal of hazardous waste and removal of other fire-related debris.
In phase one, the County, state, and federal agencies have organized teams of experts from the California State Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to inspect your property and remove any household hazardous waste that may pose a threat to human health, animals, and the environment such as batteries, asbestos siding, and paints.
In phase two, Cal OES, FEMA and local officials are coordinating with CalRecycle to execute contracts and conduct fire-related debris removal from your property.
All initial costs will be paid by state and federal agencies. However, if property owners have insurance that specifically covers debris removal owners must inform local officials, and they will be required to remit that portion of the insurance proceeds that are specifically reserved for debris. This is required by state law (California Disaster Assistance Act, California Government Code sections 8680-8692) and is included in Nevada County's Right of Entry forms.
Phase 1: Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) crews have already begun removal of hazardous household waste.
Phase 2: Removal of fire debris, other than hazardous household waste, is scheduled to begin by November 13th, 2017. In order to take advantage of free state debris removal for your property, you must complete and turn in a Right of Entry (ROE) form by November 7th.
Household hazardous waste is waste from houses that poses a threat to public health, animals, or environmental. Hazardous waste includes chemicals that are ignitable, toxic, corrosive and reactive. Examples include pool chemicals, car batteries, antifreeze, used oil filters, solvents, fertilizers, pesticides, propane tanks, disinfectants, aerosols, paint, bleach, and ammunition.
Contact the PG&E Building & Renovation Service Center online at www.pge.com/CCO or by phone (877) 743-7782 or (800) 743-5000. Their Local Service Planning Office is located at788 Taylorville Rd in Grass Valley and are open Monday - Friday from 7am - 3:30pm.