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News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state agency that regulates toxic polluters regularly spends millions of dollars to clean up sites without collecting money from the responsible parties. This week, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) said it has identified $102.7 million that it failed to bill responsible parties, $45 billion it billed but didn’t collect...
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has prioritized cleanup over reimbursement, agency memo says. Toxics director says collection efforts are being stepped up. The state agency responsible for protecting Californians from toxic contamination has spent more than $145 million over the last 25 years cleaning up hazardous waste sites but...
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The State Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) admits it failed to collect nearly $185 million from polluting businesses, essentially passing those costs onto California taxpayers. Earlier this year in an NBC4 investigation, insiders with the DTSC said the agency often failed to take significant action against business and industry that...
News Release
5/30/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog called for the California State Auditor to perform a comprehensive financial audit of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today after, as acknowledged in the Sacramento Bee, the state’s top toxics regulator admitted it had never billed or failed to collect $185 million in reimbursements...
News Story
5/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A California agency spent $100 million in public funds over the past 26 years to clean contaminated property for which polluters were liable but never were sent a bill, officials said Wednesday. The neglected reimbursement stemmed from 1,700 sites ranging from junkyards to small businesses, said Deborah O. Raphael, chief of the Department of Toxic...
News Story
5/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO, CA - A state agency in charge of environmental cleanup said it has set up a team to go after more than $185 million in costs from companies that were not billed or didn't pay for pollution left behind. The disclosure by the Department of Toxic Substances Control came on the heels of an announcement earlier this year that nearly a...
News Story
5/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Tesoro won U.S. and state clearance to buy BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion. Consumer advocates object. Tesoro Corp. won federal and state clearance for its purchase of BP's Carson refinery, Arco stations and other assets for $2.4 billion, an acquisition that would further concentrate the state's...
News Release
5/13/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- After a complaint by Consumer Watchdog to the state about investments made in companies she regulates, Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has stepped down from her position and will retire at the end of the year, the group has learned. Consumer Watchdog brought a...
News Story
5/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The chief deputy director of the state Department of Toxic Substances Control has stepped down from her position and plans to retire at the end of the year, officials said Monday. Odette Madriago, the No. 2 official at the agency, had been a target for consumer activists who alleged earlier this year that she had a conflict of interest because she...
News Release
4/10/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has gutted its ability to inspect refineries in the wake of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond last August, Consumer Watchdog said today. The information comes on the heels of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board statement before California lawmakers that the fire could have...