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Political Blotter: Senators Say Sate DTSC Will Cooperate With Probe

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The state Department of Toxic Substances Control [http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/]'s director promised Monday that she'll work with state Senate investigators to explore claims that the agency hasn't properly enforced regulations, lawmakers said.

Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett [http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/], D-San Leandro, said she and state senators Kevin de Leon [http://sd22.senate.ca.gov/], D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara [http://sd33.senate.ca.gov/], D-Long Beach, met today with DTSC Director Debbie Raphael [http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/DebbieRaphael.cfm] regarding recent claims raised in a Consumer Watchdog report [http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/golden-wasteland-report] and subsequent media stories. The senators have asked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes to launch a probe.

"We must get to the bottom of questions prompted by the Consumer Watchdog report," Corbett said in a news release. "I appreciate that Ms. Raphael welcomes transparency and accountability. I look forward to the Senate investigation and making whatever changes may be necessary for DTSC to effectively do its job."