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9/20/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Workers at Exide Technologies in Vernon have been told to reduce production by 15 percent after officials from the South Coast Air Quality Management District found the level of lead was above strict local standards. The recent violations at the battery recycling plant will go on the company's record and can be used to deny them a permanent...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to postpone a proposed settlement agreement between staff attorneys and three well-connected partners in the public affairs company California Strategies until one of the partners, Winston Hickox, fully discloses his lobbying activities on behalf...
Video
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Neighbors of a Vernon battery recycling plant (Exide) are being offered free blood tests to determine whether chemicals from the plant are affecting them. Angie Crouch reports from Vernon for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2013.   var nbcLP={};nbcLP.aRandomNumber=Math.floor(Math.random()*10000);nbcLP.currentPageLoc=encodeURIComponent(...
News Release
9/12/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
News Story
9/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A consumer advocacy group has filed for a preliminary injunction seeking to prevent the state from allowing Boeing Co. to conduct cleanup work at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory until an environmental report on the project has been completed. The motion was filed Tuesday in Sacramento Superior Court by a Los Angeles law firm on behalf of Santa...
News Release
9/5/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher have filed a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for a preliminary injunction freezing all of Boeing’s demolition of structures and disposal of radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Simi Valley—including a plutonium fuel fabrication building. The...
News Story
9/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The nonprofit group Consumer Watchdog is asking a Sacramento judge to halt the demolition and removal of buildings and contaminated waste from an area of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory used as a nuclear test site. Boeing Co., which owns most of the 2,800-acre site in the hills south of Simi Valley, and the state's Department of Toxic...
News Story
9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. A coalition of watchdog groups has asked a court to stop the Boeing Corporation from sending demolition debris from the closed Santa Susana Field Laboratory to recycling centers and landfills. Boeing has been demolishing buildings at the old rocket and nuclear testing...
News Story
9/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A state regulator says California is close to cutting a deal with Exide Technologies that would permit the company to keep recycling batteries in Vernon. In April the state had ordered Exide to close the plant because of health threats posed by toxic materials.  A judge allowed Exide to stay open while it fought the closure order. Now the...
News Story
8/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department officials are proposing amendments to a pending environmental justice bill authored by the Assembly speaker that may establish a new hazardous waste management structure aimed at meeting the agency's goal of cutting hazardous waste disposal by 50 percent, sources say. Under one department proposal, referred to by some...