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To Santa Rosa members:
What method is FEMA using haul away the polluted debris from the Tubbs fire. Normally this type of material is hauled to Nevada or Utah and mostly by rail. Is there any discussion in your space about NWP doing the hauling of fire debris?
I saw a news item that fire damaged propane tanks are being collected and marshaled in Windsor, piquing interest in possible disposal transport via rail. It certainly seems like the NWP would be the most cost-efficient option to transport this debris on its first leg out of the area.
I have no idea what the cost/benefit analysis is, but they are actually hauling all the debris out to the Sonoma County dump off of Meachum Road west of Cotati. That landfill was operating as a transfer station and recycling center and, as I recall, was considered pretty much full up. (Their recycling center is one of the best-kept secrets around. Tons of cool, and not-so-cool, stuff for ultra-cheap.) A steady stream of heavy trucks are running the stuff down there from Santa Rosa. Perhaps they gave them a reprieve and let them fill some more? If they can dump it ten or fifteen miles down the road, I doubt rail transport is economically competitive. Somebody's probably looking the other way on the hazmat regulations, although all the workers on the job are dressed like they were wading through a toxic waste spill. I'd hate to see the dairymen in the neighborhood starting to have two-headed cows!