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News Story
2/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
After years of silence, Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday asked California state lawmakers to spend nearly $177 million for expedited testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities around the former Exide plant in Vernon. "This Exide battery recycling facility has been a problem for a very long time," Brown said in  a statement...
News Story
2/3/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Prosecutor accuses Southern California Gas Co. of failing to quickly report release of noxious fumes Southern California Gas Co. on Tuesday was charged with failing to immediately notify state authorities about the natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. L.A. County Dist. Atty. Jackie Lacey filed four misdemeanor criminal charges against the company,...
News Release
2/1/2016
Posted by Jamie Court
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog and the law offices of Aquirre & Severson petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission for an open investigation into the Porter Ranch leak, including the immediate release of key documents and a PUC meeting in Los Angeles within 10 days to discuss the petition. “The CPUC has failed to...
Video
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog is demanding the California Public Utilities Commission conduct an open, full and public investigation into the Porter Ranch gas leak.
News Story
2/1/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
The heads of three California energy agencies say they are concerned Los Angeles could run short of the natural gas it needs to generate power over the coming hot summer months if  a massive underground gas field is shut down. The heads of the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, and the California...
News Story
1/31/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
January 31, 2016 (San Diego) — “The worst environmental disaster in California history is continuing to occur without any investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC),” says Raymond Lutz, founder of Citizens Oversight in El Cajon.  Now, Citizens Oversight has filed a petition along with Consumer...
News Story
1/30/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog to be Sempra Energy's unwanted hound from hell San Diego attorneys Mike Aguirre and Maria Severson have joined with Santa Monica–based Consumer Watchdog to demand that Southern California Gas, a subsidiary of San Diego's Sempra Energy, be completely open with the public on matters related to the gas leak at the...
News Release
12/9/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog today urged Senate pro Tempore Kevin de Leon to fully disclose racist emails written by scientists and other staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control and to conduct a full investigation into the matter. DTSC emails Consumer Watchdog obtained from Public Records Act requests contain phrases such...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The head of the state’s toxics control agency said Wednesday she has disciplined two employees for using racially derogatory terms in emails, but activists called for a broader probe to determine if there is a cultural problem in the department. Meanwhile, an Independent Review Committee appointed by lawmakers to overhaul the state...
News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Racist repartee found in state emails has prompted a consumer group to call for the firing of the employees who wrote the correspondence and to request a government investigation into bias at their department. The emails by William Bosan and Theo Johnson, both Department of Toxic Substances Control employees, run from to mid 2013 to the beginning...