California’s Cleanup Conundrum

The real damage of record-breaking wildfires sweeping California will reveal itself in the cleanup effort.
In previous wildfires, home remains contained elevated levels of arsenic and metals including lead and copper. One expert compared the impending cleanup effort to that of 9/11, which found chemicals and pollutants had made first responders sick for years.
Still in the wake of 41 fatalities and 213,000 acres destroyed so far, no one agency is taking the lead. It remains uncertain how much of the cleanup will fall to FEMA, insurance or city and state agencies.

The New York Times

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