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Blog Post
10/1/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Remember those old, clunky TVs and computer monitors? The ones with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) people threw out in favor of flat screens? Well, now electronics makers don't want to recycle them. Up until this week, California state law directed certified waste recyclers to sell leaded Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass from the old clunkers back to...
News Release
8/7/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — Monday night’s explosion and hours-long fire at Chevron’s large oil refinery in Richmond, Ca., released toxic chemicals including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in unknown amounts, sending hundreds of local residents to local hospitals with breathing and eye complaints. Yet the state agency with the most...
Blog Post
8/2/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Shell Oil’s big plan to take advantage of global warming by drilling in previously inaccessible Arctic waters is going a bit slower than planned. The global petroleum giant said last month that it would drill only two test wells, not five, this summer, because it can’t quite get a key spill containment system approved. On...
Blog Post
7/26/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound? If a hazardous vapor spews out of an industrial plant, but no regulator reacts, was there ever a leak? Well, on July 6, Evergreen Oil workers decided not to stick around to find out. Some 70 workers walked off the job the minute they heard there was a leak at...
News Release
7/24/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
Santa Monica, CA – New information obtained from emergency responders shows that a July 6th high-temperature leak at the Evergreen Oil re-refining plant in Newark, California involved a hazardous industrial chemical, not just recycled motor oil, as initially reported. Consumer Watchdog called on the chief regulator of the facility to shut...
News Story
7/5/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Click here to view the video of this news broadcast. SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) -- A lively debate over the real gasoline mileage offered by one particular car is now jumping from the Internet to the courthouse. "Your mileage may vary" has become a catch phrase and often a punchline to a joke. But it is no laughing matter, as a legal fight...
News Release
12/14/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Washington, D.C. -- In a letter to Hyundai's U.S. CEO, Consumer Watchdog has asked the company to pull its prominent "40 MPG" claim from advertising for the Elantra model until the EPA re-tests the auto. Further examination of consumer complaints and independent test data show the Elantra at "the bottom of the heap" in...
News Story
12/13/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The giant, bold-faced "40 MPG" greeted drivers on New York's Long Island Expressway for months. The Hyundai Elantra, proudly displaying its new sweet spot for consumers seeking fuel economy. As gas prices have climbed over the last four years, to highs of $3.29 per gallon this holiday season, the pinch of filling up a gas tank has...
News Story
10/3/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Fuel consumption declines even as the number of licensed motorists climbs. California drivers, long a symbol of America's love affair with cars, areenamored with saving fuel these days, so much so that they're setting the national standard for burning less gasoline. In the first six months of this year, Californians used nearly 7.3...