The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency (Environmental Health) has
Listed Benchmark Environmental as an Approved Testing Company for the CZU
Fire Debris Cleanup
The County of Santa Cruz Health Services Agency has listed Benchmark Environmental
as an approved testing company for the CZU Lightning Complex Fire Cleanup Process.
The CZU Lighting Complex fires began on August 16th and impacted San Mateo and
Santa Cruz Counties, burning over 86,000 acres, and destroying 925 single family homes.
(source San Jose Mercury News).
The Environmental Protection Agency is handling Phase 1 of the property cleanup which
includes the household hazardous waste removal. After Phase I is complete, the property
owners have to hire an independent contractor for the debris and site cleanup. The General Contractor
will submit a work plan to the County for approval of pre and post debris soil sampling.
Benchmark Environmental located in San Jose has been providing testing services to
the local area for over 26 years has been approved by the County of Santa Cruz to
conduct the necessary pre and post debris removal testing.
Benchmark Environmental has been in constant contact with the County debris
coordinator to clearly understand the testing requirements and can perform this testing
quickly and efficiently to get the next stage of your property cleaned up.
The owner of Benchmark, Wendy Johnson, housed fire evacuees and their animals from
the Bonny Dunes area for over 5 weeks. Wendy helped at the Santa Cruz Horseman’s
Association during the evacuation of the animals and saw firsthand the devastation the