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12/2/2014
Posted by Carmen Balber
$312,000 a day or $114 million this year. That's how much Consumer Watchdog challenges to excessive auto and homeowners insurance rates saved California families in 2014. Since 2003, our legal team's insurance rate challenges have put more than $3 billion in savings back in policyholders' pockets. If you're giving back on this #...
News Story
11/20/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Barbara Lee, the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is vowing against a need to "change anything or shake anything up in a big way" in the department's management or programs in the short-term, prompting concern from advocates who have urged a major overhaul of DTSC to fix what they claim is a flawed...
News Release
11/20/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog urged Governor Brown today to rethink his appointment of Barbara Lee as the new director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) after remarks she made that there was no need to reform the deeply troubled agency. “At an all-staff DTSC meeting this week, Barbara Lee said that she was not...
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10/13/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
VERNON (CBSLA.com) — While dozens of homeowners near the Exide battery plant wait for test results from the soil surrounding their homes, a CBS2 investigation has uncovered evidence of hazardous waste spilling onto public highways and into storm drains that feed the L.A. River.   A sample of the soil surrounding 39 homes near the Exide...
News Story
9/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown's veto of a bill to reform the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is drawing indignation from community groups and state legislators who had pressed for broad changes at the troubled agency. Legislators said they were deciding whether to reintroduce legislation at year's end. Brown rejected the bill Monday,...
News Release
8/7/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today said that the state audit uncovering $194 million that the Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) failed to bill or collect from polluters could be the tip of the iceberg, and called on Governor Brown to appoint a new director committed to protecting Californians from toxic—and fiscal...
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8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The senate office charged with investigating state agencies recently found that the Department of Toxic Substances Control has failed to live up to its mission in several key areas. This report comes more than a year after three state senators ordered an investigation into allegations that the DTSC is falling down on the job and putting polluters...
News Story
8/6/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The senate office charged with investigating state agencies recently found that the Department of Toxic Substances Control has failed to live up to its mission in several key areas. This report comes more than a year after three state senators ordered an investigation into allegations that the DTSC is falling down on the job and putting polluters...
News Story
6/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
July will mark the 55th anniversary of the partial nuclear meltdown at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the hills near Simi Valley. That event occurred from July 12 to July 26, 1959, which some have described as the longest nuclear accident in history. Now, the debate over how to clean up the extensively polluted field lab land, groundwater...
News Story
6/14/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Any way you cut it, the situation at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site outside Simi Valley is a mess. The 2,850-acre former rocket engine test center is contaminated by a vast menu of radioactive isotopes and toxic chemicals. The condition of its soil, groundwater and structures makes it one of the most challenging cleanup jobs in the state,...