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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 Story
6/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists are objecting to lawmaker plans to significantly weaken a bill requiring the toxics department to beef up enforcement efforts at hazardous-waste facilities in poor, minority communities, with some sources alleging that department officials are lobbying behind the scenes to scale back the bill. But the department claims...
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...
Blog Post
4/22/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
It’s Earth Day. Here in California, state regulators are celebrating with their Keep California Beautiful Event that kicks off at the State Capitol followed by cleanup activities, like picking up litter and collecting e-waste, across the State. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that protects communities from toxic harm is in...
News Story
2/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
When consumers buy a car, they take the EPA’s mileage sticker — such as 33 miles per gallon highway, 27 city — as a fair comparison with other vehicles. But does the sticker always deserve that trust? The United States is thought to have the toughest fuel economy standards and enforcement in the world. But that reputation...
News Release
1/31/2013
Posted by Laura Antonini
Orlando, FL -- Consumer lawsuits related to Hyundai’s misrepresentation of vehicle mileage moved a step closer to court today when a special panel of federal court judges meeting in Orlando, Florida held a hearing on a request by Consumer Watchdog lawyers to centralize all such lawsuits in a Southern California federal court. Acting in...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
If there’s one industry that has free rein in California, it’s the refinery business.  California doesn’t regulate supplies of gasoline, so refineries here only keep around ten days on hand, instead of the more than three week supply most refineries do in other states. We’ve only got 14 refineries here making gasoline...
News Release
10/25/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner.   A third case, that of hazardous waste...