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News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists in a new legal filing this week say they have evidence showing that the toxics department has authority over the disposal of radioactive waste at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California, debunking the department's claim that it lacks such authority. The judge in the lawsuit has already filed a...
News Story
11/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Now the department is trying to clean up its act. When a business is dealing with toxic waste in what’s considered a...
News Story
10/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A recently unveiled independent audit that finds multiple shortcomings with the toxics department's permitting program may lead to legislation next year requiring major reforms, sources say. The report, commissioned by the department and conducted by an outside firm, found that agency staff have conflicting views about how to permit facilities...
Video
10/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
It's been a week since health officials linked certain packages of Foster Farms chicken to a Salmonella outbreak. But the USDA has yet to issue a recall recommendation. One local supermarket chain launched an informal recall anyway. Hetty Chang reports from Marina Del Rey.     var nbcLP={};nbcLP.aRandomNumber=Math.floor(Math.random...
News Story
9/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, the California advocacy group known to take on Sacramento special interests, certainly grabbed our attention with a press release with the subject line: "Plutonium in your zipper?" "Have you bought a pair of jeans made here in Los Angeles lately?" the release opened. "You could be wearing jeans with a...
Video
9/20/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Workers at Exide Technologies in Vernon have been told to reduce production by 15 percent after officials from the South Coast Air Quality Management District found the level of lead was above strict local standards. The recent violations at the battery recycling plant will go on the company's record and can be used to deny them a permanent...
News Release
9/19/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to postpone a proposed settlement agreement between staff attorneys and three well-connected partners in the public affairs company California Strategies until one of the partners, Winston Hickox, fully discloses his lobbying activities on behalf...
Video
9/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Neighbors of a Vernon battery recycling plant (Exide) are being offered free blood tests to determine whether chemicals from the plant are affecting them. Angie Crouch reports from Vernon for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2013.   var nbcLP={};nbcLP.aRandomNumber=Math.floor(Math.random()*10000);nbcLP.currentPageLoc=encodeURIComponent(...
News Release
9/12/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
Blog Post
9/10/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
We need your help! In the last week of the legislative session, polluters may be getting a big gift if last minute legislation is not amended. Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities under last minute amendments to Speaker John...