Household hazardous wastes have been removed from 99 percent of homes in Los Angeles and Ventura counties affected by the Woolsey and Hill fires, authorities said Wednesday.
The cleanup operation by crews from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and state Department of Toxic Substances Control removed waste items such as paint, pesticides, fuel, batteries and solvents from more than 1,700 properties damaged by fire.
With the hazardous wastes removed, the state Department of Resources, Recycling and Recovery can move forward with removal of solid waste, debris and ash from affected properties.
Authorities said hazardous-waste removal was deferred at 75 properties for various reasons, including locked gates or fences that prevented crews from accessing them, property owners who refused access to crews and dangerous conditions.
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DTSC officials plan to work with Los Angeles and Ventura county authorities to complete the cleanup on those properties.