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News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based advocacy group that has been critical of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control called on Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday to appoint a new director who will raise regulation standards on contaminated sites and bring reform to the agency. In a letter and report sent to Brown, Consumer Watchdog outlined how contaminated...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Today’s resignation of Debbie Raphael, Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is a hopeful sign that the Brown Administration will finally clean up a deeply troubled department, Consumer Watchdog said today. “We hope that this is just the start of a thorough housecleaning at the DTSC by...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Debbie Raphael says it was her decision to leave - Consumer group welcomes her departure   Debbie Raphael has quit as director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to take a higher-paying job as director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. Ms. Raphael tells the Sacramento Bee that quitting was her...
News Story
4/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Concerned Neighbors of Wildomar and Penny Newman, executive director and founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties, released a report in response to the draft results of an investigation drawn up by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The report,...
News Story
4/17/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Autumnwood is a show-home suburbia of stucco fronts and primly kept lawns nestled in the heart of Wildomar, California, about an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles. Tranquil, sleepy, Autumnwood could be a poster-child for any modern housing tract. But beneath the façade, Autumnwood is a community riven by a fear held by many that the...
Video
4/9/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any cleanup, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...
News Release
3/19/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control folded under industry pressure and ignored proven particulate sampling technology that could have shown Exide Technologies is the source of lead and arsenic contamination in East LA communities, Consumer Watchdog said today. Without proof of the connection, the DTSC...
Video
3/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Officials with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced they had found extremely high levels of lead in homes, schools and a park near Exide Technologies. The state believes the lead pollution came from the Vernon plant. Almost every home tested had levels of lead in the soil that exceeded 80 parts per million, the level...
News Release
3/13/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and four other environmental groups today said that NASA could be about to break the commitments it made in a 2010 agreement to clean up all the detectible contamination at its former Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) rocket testing site in the Simi Hills. Consumer Watchdog, Teens Against Toxins, the...