Koppers site debris-free

The former Koppers wood-treatment plant in Oroville is officially out of consideration as a Camp Fire debris site, after state and federal officials determined processing capacity sufficient to preclude the need for a temporary sorting facility.

Eric Lamoureux (pictured), deputy director of the California Department of General Services, told the Butte County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday (Jan. 29) that the concrete will stay local—handled by Franklin Construction, by the landfill, and Granite Construction in Oroville—while the metal will be processed by Odin Metal Processing in Oroville and shipped elsewhere.

Officials from CalOES, the state Office of Emergency Services, originally identified the old Diamond Match property in Chico for debris sorting but switched to Koppers after protests from residents. Orovillians launched similar protests.

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