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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...
News Story
2/11/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The November election delivered California Democrats a coveted supermajority for governing the state. Now the party's leader in the Senate wants to use that political capital to give the Legislature more say in the voter initiatives that make their way to the ballot. Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg plans to unveil what he calls...
News Story
1/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Gov. Jerry Brown's administration acts after learning that hundreds of employees were being paid for second state jobs in addition to their normal salaries. SACRAMENTO, CA - Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has restricted state departments' hiring authority following revelations that hundreds of public employees were receiving pay for...
News Story
1/23/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Facebook, Amazon and Microsoft all increased spending, while Apple decreased I used to write about politics. And something always struck me as kind of funny: everyone HATES lobbyists and pork. That is, unless the lobbyists are fighting for what that person believes in, or the lawmaker is fighting to get a project done in their district! If...
News Story
11/14/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
This op-ed commentary was published in the San Francisco Chronicle on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012. Wednesday, the California Fair Political Practices Commission takes up the question of whether political bloggers should have to disclose who pays them to blog in political campaigns. Sacramento's consultant establishment, both on the left...