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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...
News Story
11/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! California's regulatory agencies have repeatedly failed in their testing, enforcement and cleanup of various lead-contaminated sites in the state, an investigation by Truthout...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a growing lead pollution investigation in neighborhoods around the now shuttered Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, state toxics regulators have ordered a second lead battery recycler in nearby Industry to test soil outside its property for lead contamination. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has given Quemetco, Inc...
News Story
10/27/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
A state administrative law judge has proposed a $16.7-million fine against Southern California Edison for failing to report talks that utility representatives had with regulators over the closed San Onofre nuclear plant. The ruling by Administrative Law Judge Melanie Darling is subject to final approval by the California Public Utilities...
News Story
10/21/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Utilities commission says call was appropriate, critics say regulator is compromised As criticism mounted last year of a settlement deal that billed utility customers for 70 percent of the $4.7 billion cost of failure at the San Onofre nuclear plant, the state judge assigned to the case reached out to plant owner Southern California Edison. The...
News Release
7/15/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—The Senate should not confirm Barbara Lee as Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) based on her handling of serial polluter Exide, and lack of action to fundamentally reform the agency, Consumer Watchdog said today. In testimony to the Senate Rules Committee confirmation hearing, Consumer Advocate...
News Release
4/7/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved a permit for a hazardous waste facility in violation of Irwindale’s zoning rules, wrote residents and environmental advocates in a letter urging city officials to overturn the decision when the city council meets tomorrow. The used motor oil recycling plant...
News Story
3/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to the audio of this radio broadcast here: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/cleaning-up-exide-after-decades-of-pollution-and-misconduct WHICH WAY LA? For decades, there have been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: leaks of toxic chemicals, including arsenic; emission of so...
News Release
3/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers to defund the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) or reform it from top to bottom, in the wake of the US Attorney's criminal investigation and closure of Exide Technologies. “This is a major victory for the people of east Los Angeles,...