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News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Former state regulators allegedly helped officials with Boeing derail the cleanup of a partial nuclear meltdown site in Simi Valley, according to a new report. “Inside Job”, a six-month investigative report (PDF) from Consumer Watchdog, alleges the aerospace and defense contractor used former regulators...
News Story
6/5/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
A Santa Monica-based advocacy group that has been critical of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control called on Gov. Jerry Brown Thursday to appoint a new director who will raise regulation standards on contaminated sites and bring reform to the agency. In a letter and report sent to Brown, Consumer Watchdog outlined how contaminated...
News Release
5/1/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Today’s resignation of Debbie Raphael, Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is a hopeful sign that the Brown Administration will finally clean up a deeply troubled department, Consumer Watchdog said today. “We hope that this is just the start of a thorough housecleaning at the DTSC by...
News Story
5/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Debbie Raphael says it was her decision to leave - Consumer group welcomes her departure   Debbie Raphael has quit as director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control to take a higher-paying job as director of San Francisco’s Department of the Environment. Ms. Raphael tells the Sacramento Bee that quitting was her...
News Story
4/18/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Concerned Neighbors of Wildomar and Penny Newman, executive director and founder of the Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice (CCAEJ) which serves Riverside and San Bernardino counties, released a report in response to the draft results of an investigation drawn up by the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The report,...
News Story
4/17/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Autumnwood is a show-home suburbia of stucco fronts and primly kept lawns nestled in the heart of Wildomar, California, about an hour and a half southeast of Los Angeles. Tranquil, sleepy, Autumnwood could be a poster-child for any modern housing tract. But beneath the façade, Autumnwood is a community riven by a fear held by many that the...
Blog Post
4/14/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
What is a polluter’s shill to do when trying to save a client hundreds of millions of dollars in cleanup costs? Well, one tactic is to manipulate the public living near the site of a partial nuclear meltdown into believing that nothing at one of the most polluted sites in California can hurt them. And hint that maybe, just maybe, this well-...
Video
4/9/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any cleanup, Consumer Watchdog...
News Release
4/8/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any...
News Release
3/19/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control folded under industry pressure and ignored proven particulate sampling technology that could have shown Exide Technologies is the source of lead and arsenic contamination in East LA communities, Consumer Watchdog said today. Without proof of the connection, the DTSC...