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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...
Legal Update
10/30/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Over the weekend, Boeing misled the media on a preliminary injunction request by Consumer Watchdog in Sacramento Superior Court last Friday afternoon. We’d asked a judge to stop the state from letting Boeing demolish and dispose of radioactive debris from radionuclide-impregnated buildings in one area of its Santa Susana rocket and nuclear...
News Story
10/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Boeing Co. has postponed controversial demolition work of a radioactive building on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site after a judge indicated he was likely to issue a temporary injunction against the work. In a ruling made Thursday, Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner agreed to temporarily grant a preliminary injunction against Boeing,...
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...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
The Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights was a fitting venue last night for a town hall meeting about resurrecting justice. Senators Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles, Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, and Assembly Speaker John Perez were the heroes grilling a panel of environmental regulators that included the state’s top toxics regulator...
News Story
10/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Exide Technologies will set aside $7.7 million to pay for a new storm-water system and improvements to lower arsenic emissions. State regulators have reached a deal with a Vernon battery recycler accused of releasing toxic air emissions that may have threatened the health of more than 100,000 people, company and state officials said Monday. Exide...
News Story
10/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to/Watch entire show: Some of the toughest environmental laws in the country are not being enforced by state and local officials in California -- that’s the conclusion of an independent report saying the Department of Toxic Substances Control lacks even a system for denying or revoking the permits of companies...
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(...