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News Story
10/8/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to/Watch entire show: Some of the toughest environmental laws in the country are not being enforced by state and local officials in California -- that’s the conclusion of an independent report saying the Department of Toxic Substances Control lacks even a system for denying or revoking the permits of companies...
Video
9/20/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
Workers at Exide Technologies in Vernon have been told to reduce production by 15 percent after officials from the South Coast Air Quality Management District found the level of lead was above strict local standards. The recent violations at the battery recycling plant will go on the company's record and can be used to deny them a permanent...
News Release
9/12/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
News Release
9/9/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being “left in place” instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author...
News Release
9/5/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher have filed a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for a preliminary injunction freezing all of Boeing’s demolition of structures and disposal of radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Simi Valley—including a plutonium fuel fabrication building. The...
News Story
9/4/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio segment of this radio broadcast. A coalition of watchdog groups has asked a court to stop the Boeing Corporation from sending demolition debris from the closed Santa Susana Field Laboratory to recycling centers and landfills. Boeing has been demolishing buildings at the old rocket and nuclear testing...
News Story
9/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A state regulator says California is close to cutting a deal with Exide Technologies that would permit the company to keep recycling batteries in Vernon. In April the state had ordered Exide to close the plant because of health threats posed by toxic materials.  A judge allowed Exide to stay open while it fought the closure order. Now the...
News Story
8/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department officials are proposing amendments to a pending environmental justice bill authored by the Assembly speaker that may establish a new hazardous waste management structure aimed at meeting the agency's goal of cutting hazardous waste disposal by 50 percent, sources say. Under one department proposal, referred to by some...
News Story
8/16/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Allegations take aim at DTSC Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit, believes radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Simi Valley is being improperly disposed of and has filed a lawsuit against the state’s toxic substances and health departments. The organization, along with other groups such as Committee to...
News Release
8/6/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –After regulators failed to meet a 24 hour deadline set by public interest groups to stop Boeing from demolishing and disposing of radioactive waste at facilities not licensed to accept radioactive waste and at recycling plants, Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher LLP are filing suit against the Department of...