The Nevada County Department of Environmental Health (NCDEH) recently collaborated with the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO), the Nevada County Department of Public Works (DPW), a hazardous materials contractor and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) to dispose of an unstable chemical from a Nevada County property.
Interim Director of the County Environmental Health Department, Daniel Chatigny, says the chemical was located during a resident requested hazardous materials clean-up request.
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Picric acid is a chemical known to be unstable and potentialy explosive. It was determined that this chemical should be disposed of prior to removal of any other substances.
During this event there was no threat to the public or to the environment. The event serves as a good example of multi-agency coordination focusing on public health and safety.