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News Story
1/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxic recycling Californians shouldn't have to choose between recycling and poisoning our water, soil and air. Recently, CleanTech Environmental President Robert Brown, the CEO of a company that threatens to despoil a sensitive ecosystem in Irwindale, claimed in these pages (Jan. 16) that his used motor oil recycling plant will be so "...
Blog Post
12/26/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
News Release
11/16/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the Department of Toxic Substances Control for 72 citations of Chemical Waste Management Inc. for failing to report spills of hazardous waste at its hazardous waste and PCB landfill over a four-year period, but said now the department should follow through with a permit denial. The...
News Release
10/25/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner.   A third case, that of hazardous waste...
Blog Post
10/1/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Remember those old, clunky TVs and computer monitors? The ones with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) people threw out in favor of flat screens? Well, now electronics makers don't want to recycle them. Up until this week, California state law directed certified waste recyclers to sell leaded Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass from the old clunkers back to...
News Release
7/24/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA – New information obtained from emergency responders shows that a July 6th high-temperature leak at the Evergreen Oil re-refining plant in Newark, California involved a hazardous industrial chemical, not just recycled motor oil, as initially reported. Consumer Watchdog called on the chief regulator of the facility to shut...
News Release
4/11/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Sacramento, CA — In a letter to state senators, Consumer Watchdog called for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries near homes and schools. Senators have an opportunity to ask questions about these problems at today’s Rules Committee...
Focus Area
3/1/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, but some of the weakest enforcement. Toxic pollution emissions from manufacturers and refineries to soil and water rose ten percent in 2011, after steadily falling since 2007, according to the US EPA. Toxic pollution is affecting communities across the state from heavily...