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News Release
2/21/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA — California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement, according to a new report by leading California consumer group, Consumer Watchdog. The group documented how the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has consistently failed to protect communities and the...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A California consumer advocacy group is demanding a state investigation of a Wildomar housing tract where residents have abandoned houses that they blame for making them sick. "This case clearly calls for an investigation of the soil in Wildomar, including tests for heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and other toxins," said a...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   California's standards for hazardous waste management are the most stringent in the nation. But a new report expected out this morning claims the state agency charged with going after toxic polluters is biased toward industry.
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The 68-page Consumer Watchdog report titled “Golden Wasteland” cites case studies alleging the DTSC consistently failed to protect communities – including the Autumnwood development in Wildomar – from health harms posed by toxic waste The California Department of Toxic Substances Control fell down on the job when it...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. The Department of Toxic Substances Control is charged with protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic substances. And there's a lot of them, for example,  California produces more than two million tons of hazardous waste each year. But a new...
Video
2/20/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Sources inside the Department of Toxic Substances Control say the agency has a dirty secret: Regulators are falling down on the job and public health is at risk because of it. Two high-ranking DTSC employees with more than 40 years combined in the department told NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit that people would be outraged if they knew...
News Story
1/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxic recycling Californians shouldn't have to choose between recycling and poisoning our water, soil and air. Recently, CleanTech Environmental President Robert Brown, the CEO of a company that threatens to despoil a sensitive ecosystem in Irwindale, claimed in these pages (Jan. 16) that his used motor oil recycling plant will be so "...
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...
News Story
8/12/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
NEWARK, CA -- Evergreen Oil has spent months trying to improve its relationship with unhappy neighbors after years of foul odors and a large fire last year that drew citations from regulatory agencies. Those efforts may have been undercut by recent accidents, including an oil leak last month, a small fire in March, and a large explosion and fire...
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...