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Draft Update to the Planning for Natural Disaster Debris Guidance and to Related Documents

EPA provided an opportunity for public comment on three documents through June 26, 2018, through a Federal Register notice on April 27, 2018. EPA is reviewing the comments before issuing the final guidance.

The first document EPA is updating is the draft guidance, Planning for Natural Disaster Debris. This draft guidance is an update to the Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance that EPA published in March 2008. EPA also requested public comment on the All-hazards Waste Management Decision Diagram and the Pre-Incident All-hazards Waste Management Plan Guidelines: Four-step Waste Management Planning Process.

The Planning for Natural Disaster Debris guidance assists communities (e.g., city, county, state, tribal, territorial) in planning for natural disaster debris before a disaster occurs, including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, volcanoes, floods, wildfires and winter storms, by providing useful, relevant information that is intended to increase community preparedness and resiliency. Information is included on the following:

  • Recommended components of a debris management plan,
  • Suggested management options for various natural disaster debris streams,
  • A collection of case studies that highlights how several communities prepared for and managed debris generated by recent natural disasters,
  • Resources to consult in planning for natural disasters, and
  • EPA’s recommended pre-incident planning process to help prepare communities for effective disaster debris management.

The All-hazards Waste Management Decision Diagram describes the waste management decision-making process during homeland security incidents and provides information to consider when making decisions during an incident response. It also identifies areas where pre-incident waste management planning can be useful.

The Pre-incident All-hazards Waste Management Plan Guidelines: Four-step Waste Management Planning Process describes the cyclical and ongoing process of waste management planning for homeland security incidents and provides a suggested outline for an all-hazards waste management plan.

Note: EPA plans to integrate lessons learned from the 2017 hurricane seasons into the final guidance document.