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3/5/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Some deputy directors at the Department of Toxic Substances Control are heavily invested in hazardous waste producers. Economic Interest Forms obtained by the Investigative Unit show two top DTSC staffers held stock for the past seven years in companies such as Chevron, General Electric and Abbott Laboratories—companies the department regulates...
News Story
3/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control [http://www.dtsc.ca.gov/]'s director promised Monday that she'll work with state Senate investigators to explore claims that the agency hasn't properly enforced regulations, lawmakers said. Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett [http://sd10.senate.ca.gov/], D-San Leandro, said she and...
Video
3/4/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Lawmakers are now demanding a Senate investigation into the Department of Toxic Substances Control after NBC Bay Area s investigative report exposed flaws in the agency. Vicky Nguyen reports. (Original air date: 2/21/13)
News Story
3/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
An internal audit has concluded that NASA committed to an excessive and unnecessary cleanup of its portion of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and a less expensive and invasive plan should be considered. The audit, released recently by NASA's Office of Inspector General, estimated that cleaning up the agency's portion of the property...
News Story
2/27/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Anderson also asks the DTSC for a written response detailing a plan, with timelines, to address the issues in Wildomar's Autumnwood development. Updated at 12:20 p.m.: Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) is calling for the Department of Toxic Substances Control to test soil in a Wildomar neighborhood following concerns over toxicity there. In...
Video
2/26/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
At least four senators are behind the demand for an independent investigation of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the agency that is supposed to protect the public from poisons dumped into the water and soil. Lawmakers are determined to find out why the organization is not enforcing California's pollution laws.  
News Story
2/26/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A state senator is demanding that state environmental officials take action to settle questions about whether chemical contamination can be blamed for the deaths of two Wildomar women and illnesses among others who lived in the same housing tract. “I ask that you take the necessary steps to rule out toxic chemicals as the cause of the...
News Release
2/25/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) became the fourth lawmaker to respond to Consumer Watchdog’s report, Golden Wasteland, calling the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) onto the carpet for falling down on the job and protecting hazardous waste polluters over people. He is now calling for DTSC Director...
News Story
2/25/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
California lawmakers are calling for an investigation following two reports that say the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control refuses to revoke the permits of companies that repeatedly violate environmental laws, and lets hazardous waste polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time. The reports found that the DTSC...
News Story
2/24/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Regulators failed to prevent Mecca's misery, agency says Early and more vigilant monitoring by the state Department of Toxic Substances Control could have helped stem noxious odors from Western Environmental Inc.’s recycling plant in Mecca, according to a new report slamming the agency for a pattern of lax enforcement efforts, bias...