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News Story
12/9/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Racist repartee found in state emails has prompted a consumer group to call for the firing of the employees who wrote the correspondence and to request a government investigation into bias at their department. The emails by William Bosan and Theo Johnson, both Department of Toxic Substances Control employees, run from to mid 2013 to the beginning...
News Story
11/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! California's regulatory agencies have repeatedly failed in their testing, enforcement and cleanup of various lead-contaminated sites in the state, an investigation by Truthout...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a growing lead pollution investigation in neighborhoods around the now shuttered Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, state toxics regulators have ordered a second lead battery recycler in nearby Industry to test soil outside its property for lead contamination. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has given Quemetco, Inc...
Video
9/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory, tucked in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, is putting the health of thousands of Los Angeles and Ventura County residents at risk, and the current owner of the site, Boeing, is stonewalling a full clean-up of the site. KNBC's Joel Grover tells the story.
News Story
9/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
The Santa Susana Field Laboratory, tucked in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi valleys, might be putting the health of thousands of Los Angeles and Ventura County residents at risk Big business interests, working behind the scenes with government bureaucrats, have stonewalled a full cleanup of a former nuclear and rocket testing site...
Blog Post
7/31/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
When the confirmation of California’s top toxics regulator was over, Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de Leon addressed the audience: “You saw democracy working…” But was this really democracy at work? The overwhelming majority of those in the room did not support the confirmation of Ms. Barbara Lee, a former air...
News Release
4/7/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) approved a permit for a hazardous waste facility in violation of Irwindale’s zoning rules, wrote residents and environmental advocates in a letter urging city officials to overturn the decision when the city council meets tomorrow. The used motor oil recycling plant...
News Story
3/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to the audio of this radio broadcast here: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/cleaning-up-exide-after-decades-of-pollution-and-misconduct WHICH WAY LA? For decades, there have been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: leaks of toxic chemicals, including arsenic; emission of so...
News Release
3/12/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked Governor Jerry Brown and top lawmakers to defund the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) or reform it from top to bottom, in the wake of the US Attorney's criminal investigation and closure of Exide Technologies. “This is a major victory for the people of east Los Angeles,...
News Release
3/4/2015
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA — A broad coalition of community members, advocates, and labor groups have petitioned Governor Brown excoriating the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for permitting a company with a spotty record to build a used motor oil recycling plant a stone’s throw from a highly frequented lake and recreation area in...