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News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Two state regulator agencies were accused Monday of placing the public's health at risk by allowing the Boeing Co. to demolish an old plutonium fabrication building on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site and then planning to dispose the debris at an unlicensed dump in Kern County. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica based advocacy...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of environmental groups accused state regulators Monday of allowing low-level radioactive waste from the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory to be illegally disposed of in landfills not licensed to receive such material. Consumer Watchdog,  the Center for Race Poverty and the Environment, and others said debris from six...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog groups have accused Boeing Corporation of sending radioactive waste from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County to landfills that aren’t certified to handle it – and they allege that the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has condoned the practice. The groups said the waste is going to city...
News Story
7/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state's top toxics regulator just pulled a fast one on a farming community suffering birth defects and infant deaths. The Department of Toxic Substances Control signaled it would grant a serial toxic polluter – Chemical Waste Management – a permit to expand its operations greatly at the controversial Kettleman City hazardous...
News Release
7/2/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) used a bogus excuse—the promise of cutting the hazardous waste the state produces in half by 2025—to preliminarily approve Chemical Waste Management’s expansion of its hazardous waste landfill at Kettleman City, Consumer Watchdog said today.  ...
News Story
6/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state ordered the Exide plant to shut in April, citing arsenic emissions and calling it a public health risk. A judge rules it can restart operations, pending a hearing. A Vernon battery recycler shut by the state in April as a health risk to thousands of nearby residents will be allowed to reopen pending a court hearing next month, a Los...
News Story
6/18/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
VERNON, CA--(Marketwired - Jun 18, 2013) - A broad coalition of residents, factory workers and community leaders are asking Judge Luis Lavin and public agencies to put the health of local communities, and families, before Exide's bottom line. On Monday, June 17, Exide Technologies won a temporary reprieve that prevents the Department of Toxic...
News Release
6/17/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Exide Technologies has won a temporary reprieve that prevents the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from enforcing its shutdown of the company’s Vernon plant. That means the lead battery recycler can restart its operations, threatening Californians with renewed pollution of their air and water, Consumer...
News Story
6/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmakers this week approved a revised budget proposal by the toxics department to reform the agency's hazardous waste fee structure after the department, lawmakers and the governor's office hammered out an agreement behind closed doors, sources say. Some observers are blasting the way lawmakers and the department have handled...
News Release
6/10/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Now that lead battery recycler Exide Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has potentially stuck California taxpayers with the tab for multi-millions in cleanup costs in the city of Vernon, Consumer Watchdog said today. The DTSC suspended operations at the plant...