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10/14/2014
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
10/10/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
defended Michael Peevey, the embattled president of the California Public Utilities Commission. The commission, which regulates California’s massive energy and telecommunications industries, had come under scrutiny for back-channel communications with Pacific Gas and Electric Co. following a gas line explosion that killed eight people in San...
News Story
10/1/2014
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,...
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9/11/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A revolutionary initiative to split California into six separate states was balanced on a knife's edge Thursday, still well short of the verified signatures it needs to have even a chance of making the 2016 ballot. Facing a Friday deadline, the initiative sponsored by Tim Draper, a Silicon Valley venture capitalist, needs at least 207,...
News Release
8/25/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice today asked Governor Jerry Brown and California EPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez to reject an attack by the state’s top toxics regulator—the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)—on key reform legislation authored by Sen....
News Release
8/8/2014
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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8/7/2014
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
8/7/2014
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
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a $10-million payout to a whistleblower, UCLA's School of Medicine is drawing more scrutiny over its financial ties to industry and the possibility that they compromised patient care. A new study in this month's Journal of the American Medical Assn. raised a red flag generally about university officials such as Eugene...
News Story
4/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
More than 1,000 physicians on the North Coast received upward of $114 million in Medicare payments in 2012, according a new federal database that gives consumers an unprecedented look inside their doctors' practices. The amount is part of $77 billion Medicare paid out to more than 880,000 doctors across the United States under the Medicare...