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8/13/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
For the first time, the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control addresses whistleblowers’ claims that regulators continually put polluters before the public. Deborah Raphael came under fire in February for leading a department accused of failing to protect the people and environment of California. Vicky Nguyen reports in a...
Video
8/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Questions are being raised about what some call lavish travel and entertainment spending by UCLA officials over the past five years. Randy Paige reports.
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer advocates want to raise the cap on non-economic malpractice damages. Also: Limo safety is a priority in the Legislature; California's roads rank low. SACRAMENTO — A long-dormant conflict over medical malpractice is heating up again at the state Capitol. A coalition of consumer advocates, trial lawyers and the nurses union is...
News Story
7/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog and the legislator who initially backed California's 1975 Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act (MICRA), which caps non-economic damages awarded in malpractice cases at $250,000, are working together on a ballot initiative to raise the cap to $1.1 million to adjust for inflation. California...
News Release
3/27/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today said that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) levied a paltry fine of under $300,000 onto Chemical Waste Management - operator of the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill - for failing to notify the department of 72 spills of hazardous waste over a four-year period. “The DTSC...
Video
3/5/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some deputy directors at the Department of Toxic Substances Control are heavily invested in hazardous waste producers. Economic Interest Forms obtained by the Investigative Unit show two top DTSC staffers held stock for the past seven years in companies such as Chevron, General Electric and Abbott Laboratories—companies the department regulates...
Video
3/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawmakers are now demanding a Senate investigation into the Department of Toxic Substances Control after NBC Bay Area s investigative report exposed flaws in the agency. Vicky Nguyen reports. (Original air date: 2/21/13)
News Story
2/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Anderson also asks the DTSC for a written response detailing a plan, with timelines, to address the issues in Wildomar's Autumnwood development. Updated at 12:20 p.m.: Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) is calling for the Department of Toxic Substances Control to test soil in a Wildomar neighborhood following concerns over toxicity there. In...
News Story
2/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A state senator is demanding that state environmental officials take action to settle questions about whether chemical contamination can be blamed for the deaths of two Wildomar women and illnesses among others who lived in the same housing tract. “I ask that you take the necessary steps to rule out toxic chemicals as the cause of the...
News Story
2/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers are calling for an investigation following two reports that say the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control refuses to revoke the permits of companies that repeatedly violate environmental laws, and lets hazardous waste polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time. The reports found that the DTSC...