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News Story
3/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department director Debbie Raphael this week issued a statement on the agency's website defending its top managers and policies against a recent, scathing report by a non-profit environmental watchdog group alleging that the agency has a history of mismanaging hazardous waste and lax enforcement that puts many low-income communities at...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sources say state lawmakers are scheduled to meet with toxics department director Debbie Raphael and other agency officials March 4 to discuss a scathing report recently released by a non-profit group that claims the department has a history of mismanaging hazardous waste and lax enforcement of regulations that puts many low-income communities at...
News Story
3/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control [http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/]'s director promised Monday that she'll work with state Senate investigators to explore claims that the agency hasn't properly enforced regulations, lawmakers said. Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett [http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/], D-San Leandro, said she and...
News Release
2/25/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) became the fourth lawmaker to respond to Consumer Watchdog’s report, Golden Wasteland, calling the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) onto the carpet for falling down on the job and protecting hazardous waste polluters over people. He is now calling for DTSC Director...
News Story
2/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Regulators failed to prevent Mecca's misery, agency says Early and more vigilant monitoring by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control could have helped stem noxious odors from Western Environmental Inc.’s recycling plant in Mecca, according to a new report slamming the agency for a pattern of lax enforcement efforts, bias...
News Story
2/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. The consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog issued a harsh report this week of California's Department of Toxic Substances Control. Report sources say the DTSC puts vulnerable communities last, citing as an example the handling of last year's Chevron refinery fire in Richmond....
News Story
2/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Evergreen Oil has been named by sources inside the Department of Toxic Substances Control as an example of a business that continues to operate despite continuous violations, according to media reports. NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit interviewed two sources with the state agency whose objective is to protect residents from toxic...
News Story
2/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sources in the Department of Toxic Substances Control say agency’s lax enforcement puts public health at risk 2/21/13 UPDATE: Lawmakers are now demanding a Senate investigation into the Department of Toxic Substances Control after our investigative report exposed flaws in the agency. Chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee and State Sen...
News Story
2/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Two state senators call for an investigation after a Consumer Watchdog report accuses the Department of Toxic Substances Control of failing to protect residents and the environment. Two state senators have called for an investigation into the state agency responsible for protecting people and the environment from hazardous chemicals after a...
News Story
2/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state agency charged with protecting Californians from most polluters is allowing companies to dump toxic waste and put lives at risk, as Joel Grover and the NBC4 I-Team Investigation reveals. Click here to watch the video of this news broadcast.