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News Story
5/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is reviewing a number of its decisions to take no further action regarding potential environmental contamination, with a specific focus on cases involving two senior agency scientists who had exchanged dozens of racially-charged...
News Story
5/12/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists and civil rights advocates are charging that recent resignations by a host of top executives and managers at the toxics department reflects continuing dysfunction at the embattled agency and a lack of support for director Barbara Lee. "Senior managers and mid-level workhorse staff are leaving the Department of Toxic...
News Release
2/17/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Brown’s announcement today that the state will spend $176.6 million to clean up a wide swath of East Los Angeles in the wake of Exide Technologies’ decades-long lead contamination is a major victory for the people who live near the shuttered facility, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Governor Brown...
News Story
2/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
After years of silence, Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday asked California state lawmakers to spend nearly $177 million for expedited testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities around the former Exide plant in Vernon. "This Exide battery recycling facility has been a problem for a very long time," Brown said in  a statement...
Video
12/10/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog called for an investigation into racist emails sent by Department of Toxic Substances Control employees about the citizens they are supposed to be protecting.
News Release
12/9/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon to fully disclose racist emails written by scientists and other staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control and to conduct a full investigation into the matter. DTSC emails Consumer Watchdog obtained from Public Records Act requests contain phrases such...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The head of the state’s toxics control agency said Wednesday she has disciplined two employees for using racially derogatory terms in emails, but activists called for a broader probe to determine if there is a cultural problem in the department. Meanwhile, an Independent Review Committee appointed by lawmakers to overhaul the state...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Racist repartee found in state emails has prompted a consumer group to call for the firing of the employees who wrote the correspondence and to request a government investigation into bias at their department. The emails by William Bosan and Theo Johnson, both Department of Toxic Substances Control employees, run from to mid 2013 to the beginning...
News Story
11/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! California's regulatory agencies have repeatedly failed in their testing, enforcement and cleanup of various lead-contaminated sites in the state, an investigation by Truthout...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a growing lead pollution investigation in neighborhoods around the now shuttered Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, state toxics regulators have ordered a second lead battery recycler in nearby Industry to test soil outside its property for lead contamination. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has given Quemetco, Inc...