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News Story
5/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — State regulators knew about potentially hazardous lead and arsenic emissions at a battery recycling facility in Vernon, but failed to immediately warn the public about safety risks, according to a report released Thursday. Advocacy group Consumer Watchdog said new documents show that officials with the Department...
News Release
5/29/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – New documents reveal that, contrary to its public statements, the state’s top toxics regulator knew about lead and arsenic emissions at Exide Technologies for years but looked the other way, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) suspended Exide’s operations on April 24...
News Release
4/24/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) did the right thing in taking aggressive action against the biggest lead battery recycler in the state, a serial toxic polluter, Consumer Watchdog said today. But the group faulted the DTSC for serious lapses in its regulation of the facility over two decades. Specifically, the...
Blog Post
1/28/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
California's oil and gas industry regulators are about to write final state regulations on the controversial practice of fracking natural gas and oil wells in the state. Don't expect any backbone, however, from the state Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Regulation. So far, the draft proposals boil down to "trust the oil industry...
Video
1/2/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Attorney General Kamala Harris didn't waste any time getting down to business this year. Fox 11 investigative producer Heidi Cuda reports that the state is suing two California companies for allegedly violating the state's hazardous waste laws. The lawsuit, filed by the AG's office, make some serious allegations: That since 2006, 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...