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News Story
12/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmental watchdogs scored a victory last week when a Sacramento judge stopped state toxics regulators from approving Boeing’s demolition and disposal of buildings once used for nuclear research at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley. The organizations — Consumer Watchdog, Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los...
News Story
12/13/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
After testing soil, soil gas and groundwater samples from specific locations within the allegedly toxic housing tract of Autumnwood in Wildomar, officials with California Environmental Protection Agency’s Department of Toxic Substances Control announced preliminary findings this week that claim the neighborhood is...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists fear that a recent announcement by the toxics department that it will consider various cleanup alternatives at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California may be a veiled attempt to unravel an agreement made between the agency and responsible parties to clean the site to strict "background"...
News Story
11/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Environmentalists in a new legal filing this week say they have evidence showing that the toxics department has authority over the disposal of radioactive waste at the controversial Santa Susana industrial site in southern California, debunking the department's claim that it lacks such authority. The judge in the lawsuit has already filed a...
News Story
11/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Californians produce two million tons of hazardous waste every year. And the department that manages that waste has faced criticism for the way it operates. Now the department is trying to clean up its act. When a business is dealing with toxic waste in what’s considered a...
Legal Update
10/30/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Over the weekend, Boeing misled the media on a preliminary injunction request by Consumer Watchdog in Sacramento Superior Court last Friday afternoon. We’d asked a judge to stop the state from letting Boeing demolish and dispose of radioactive debris from radionuclide-impregnated buildings in one area of its Santa Susana rocket and nuclear...
News Story
10/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The Boeing Co. has postponed controversial demolition work of a radioactive building on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site after a judge indicated he was likely to issue a temporary injunction against the work. In a ruling made Thursday, Superior Court Judge Allen Sumner agreed to temporarily grant a preliminary injunction against Boeing,...
News Story
10/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A recently unveiled independent audit that finds multiple shortcomings with the toxics department's permitting program may lead to legislation next year requiring major reforms, sources say. The report, commissioned by the department and conducted by an outside firm, found that agency staff have conflicting views about how to permit facilities...
Blog Post
10/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
The Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights was a fitting venue last night for a town hall meeting about resurrecting justice. Senators Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles, Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, and Assembly Speaker John Perez were the heroes grilling a panel of environmental regulators that included the state’s top toxics regulator...
News Story
9/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Consumer Watchdog, the California advocacy group known to take on Sacramento special interests, certainly grabbed our attention with a press release with the subject line: "Plutonium in your zipper?" "Have you bought a pair of jeans made here in Los Angeles lately?" the release opened. "You could be wearing jeans with a...