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News Release
3/11/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Brown to direct the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to order Exide Technologies, a lead battery recycler in Vernon, to clean up its lead contamination of soil at 39 homes and a pre-school in the area. In a letter to Governor Brown, Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker,...
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3/11/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
The Department of Toxic Substances Control ordered environmental testing of soil at 39 homes and two schools near the Exide facility in East Los Angeles. Supervisor Gloria Molina says state regulators haven't been doing enough to close the Exide plant in Vernon, which was ordered to conduct further testing after the elevated lead levels were...
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3/11/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
California Governor Jerry Brown intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes and 2 schools showed...
News Release
3/10/2014
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA--Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes showed...
News Story
12/27/2013
Posted by admin
A Sacramento Superior Court judge ruled in favor of environmental groups and imposed a preliminary injunction on the Department of Toxic Substances Control to stop approving building demolitions at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The ruling, filed Dec. 11, came after four environmental groups filed a joint lawsuit in August against the DTSC...
News Story
12/27/2013
Posted by admin
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control is supposed to use regulations, fines and the threat of legal action to protect the environment. But its oversight is often ineffectual. One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a...
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12/17/2013
Posted by admin
A pile of metal debris from a stockpile of "light iron" recyclable metal exploded and sparked a fire on Tuesday at Sims Metal Management in Redwood City - for the second time in a little more than a month - prompting fears about the quality of air spewing from the blaze. NBC Bay Area continues to investigate the regulatory failures that...
News Story
12/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A superior court judge has temporarily stopped state regulators from approving the demolition and disposal of debris from a former nuclear research lab in Ventura County out of concerns the material is radioactive. Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner ruled the Department of Toxic Substances Control must undertake an environmental...
News Release
12/16/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending final outcome of a lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog counsel and Strumwasser & Woocher on behalf of Consumer Watchdog and three other groups over the illegal demolition and...
News Story
12/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A Superior Court judge has granted a preliminary injunction Monday against California's Department of Toxic Substances Control, saying the state agency failed to comply with environmental laws while overseeing Boeing's demolition and disposal of buildings at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory. The ruling, handed down by Sacramento Superior...