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News Release
4/3/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Following news that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will investigate a top toxics regulator for financial conflicts of interest, Consumer Watchdog today reiterated its call for the firing of two top officials at the Department of Toxic Substances Control who invested as much as six and seven figures into...
Video
4/2/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal investigation into DTSC chief deputy director Odette Madriago to determine whether she violated conflict of interest laws by investing in companies the department regulates. This story aired on April 2, 2013. Vicky Nguyen reports.
News Story
3/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Chemical Waste Management must pay $311,194 for failing to report dozens of spills at its Kettleman Hills toxic waste landfill, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said Wednesday. But there's "no evidence to suggest" that toxic waste left the landfill or harmed the public, DTSC deputy director of enforcement Brian...
News Release
3/27/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today said that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) levied a paltry fine of under $300,000 onto Chemical Waste Management - operator of the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill - for failing to notify the department of 72 spills of hazardous waste over a four-year period. “The DTSC...
News Story
3/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department director Debbie Raphael this week issued a statement on the agency's website defending its top managers and policies against a recent, scathing report by a non-profit environmental watchdog group alleging that the agency has a history of mismanaging hazardous waste and lax enforcement that puts many low-income communities at...
News Story
3/15/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SAN DIEGO — Consumer Watchdog is not convinced that Chief Deputy Director Odette Madriago and Deputy Director Stewart Black are clear of conflict-of-interest violations. They want an outside agency to look into the allegations. The State Department of Toxic Substance Control says an...
News Release
3/6/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Jerry Brown to fire two top officials at The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for conflicts of interest. The letter said that the officials may have violated the California Code of Regulations by holding six and seven figure interests in companies regulated and/or...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Sources say state lawmakers are scheduled to meet with toxics department director Debbie Raphael and other agency officials March 4 to discuss a scathing report recently released by a non-profit group that claims the department has a history of mismanaging hazardous waste and lax enforcement of regulations that puts many low-income communities at...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. SAN DIEGO — The group Consumer Watchdog is accusing two top state officials of long-term and ongoing conflicts of interest. Consumer advocates want the governor to remove two long time employees of the state's Department of Toxic Substances Control. The group insists the state...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SACRAMENTO -- Ethics officials are reviewing allegations that two of state's top environmental regulators violated conflict-of-interest rules by regulating companies in which they own stock. Officials at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Wednesday they are studying a complaint that Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the...