Tires illegally disposed on Public Lands near Pioneer, California.
A trailer used used by a trespasser and the trash he left on BLM land when he left the site.
Backhoe pulling up trash that was deposited over the edge of the Parker Mine, Amador county.
Hazardous Materials Management (HazMat) program is prepared to take appropriate actions and manage the land that has been contaminated with hazardous substances. Typical HazMat vulnerabilities include:
- hazardous waste and spills
- structure and vehicular fire
- illegal dumps
- illegal drug operations
- and unexploded ordnance.
These conditions may damage public health, safety, land, and/or endanger the environment.
Before BLM takes action on HazMat sites, site evaluation and prioritizing of cleanups coincide with applicable laws and regulations, including partnerships that help determine hazards of the sites.
To clean- up restore and preserve previous damaged public lands the HazMat fallows a series of procedures:
- Investigation and Assessment: initiation of site characterization, classification and analysis
- Clean up: removal of hazardous materials are removed, neutralized, cleaned up, or otherwise handled with the ultimate goal of making the location safer for the public and environment
- Consult/Cooperation : state, local, and community agencies work to leverage funds and prioritize needs
- Restoration and Maintain: maintain sites that have been restored and where damage has been mitigated