Legislators React to Absurd Debris Removal Delays

Butte County, CA (MPG)  |  From the Offices of Senator Jim Nielsen and Assemblyman James Gallagher
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BUTTE COUNTY, CA (MPG) - Senator Jim Nielsen (R-Tehama) and Assemblyman James Gallagher (R-Yuba City) recently reacted to complaints from Camp Fire survivors about debris removal delays caused by environmental concerns.

“CalOES and other government agencies deserve kudos for how quickly they have ramped up debris operations since the weather has improved. Already removing 600,000 tons of debris from the burn area is impressive,” Nielsen and Gallagher said.

“Although the overall effort is worthy of recognition, we are very concerned to hear from constituents that frogs, birds and waterways are causing work to stop in some areas. We have reached out to officials at the highest level of state government urging them to resolve this issue immediately and get these properties cleaned up,” Nielsen and Gallagher added.

Gallagher and Nielsen noted that survivors impacted are rightfully concerned that the stop work notice may cause additional delays due to debris removal crews and equipment leaving neighborhoods where most cleanups have already been completed.

“Survivors are anxious to rebuild or move on. Our neighbors have gone through hell in this disaster, and must be the priority,” the lawmakers concluded.

According to government sources, approximately 800 properties have been put on hold until state environmental regulators develop mitigation plans and permits are issued.

 Senator Nielsen represents the Fourth Senate District, which includes the counties of Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Placer, Sacramento, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba. To contact Senator Jim Nielsen, please call him at 916-651-4004, or via email at senator.nielsen@sen.ca.gov.

Assemblyman James Gallagher represents the 3rd Assembly District, which encompasses all of Glenn, Sutter, Tehama and Yuba counties as well as portions of Butte and Colusa counties.