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News Story
6/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists are objecting to lawmaker plans to significantly weaken a bill requiring the toxics department to beef up enforcement efforts at hazardous-waste facilities in poor, minority communities, with some sources alleging that department officials are lobbying behind the scenes to scale back the bill. But the department claims...
Blog Post
11/1/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
If there’s one industry that has free rein in California, it’s the refinery business.  California doesn’t regulate supplies of gasoline, so refineries here only keep around ten days on hand, instead of the more than three week supply most refineries do in other states. We’ve only got 14 refineries here making gasoline...
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
10/22/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
For nearly two decades, Santosh Arya has pumped some of the San Diego area's cheapest gas at his three Homeland Petroleum stations. But his streak ended early this month, when wholesale prices started rising sharply, then shot up 40 cents a gallon overnight. To break even, Arya calculated he would have to sell a gallon of regular at $5.10...
News Release
10/9/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA—The average price for regular gas in California now stands at $4.67 a gallon, a record for both California and the nation. The spike is a function of low gasoline inventories and recent supply disruptions. California’s refinery market is already too small—14 refineries power the world’s eighth largest...