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News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The 68-page Consumer Watchdog report titled “Golden Wasteland” cites case studies alleging the DTSC consistently failed to protect communities – including the Autumnwood development in Wildomar – from health harms posed by toxic waste The California Department of Toxic Substances Control fell down on the job when it...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast. The Department of Toxic Substances Control is charged with protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic substances. And there's a lot of them, for example,  California produces more than two million tons of hazardous waste each year. But a new...
Video
2/20/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Sources inside the Department of Toxic Substances Control say the agency has a dirty secret: Regulators are falling down on the job and public health is at risk because of it. Two high-ranking DTSC employees with more than 40 years combined in the department told NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit that people would be outraged if they knew...
Blog Post
1/31/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
The news reports were on the gee-whiz side this week as state job safety regulators announced nearly $1 million in fines--the largest ever!-- against Chevron for its refinery blaze last August.  But "largest ever" only means that the levy hit the state's $1 million cap on such fines. For Chevron, whose yearly profits are...
News Story
1/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxic recycling Californians shouldn't have to choose between recycling and poisoning our water, soil and air. Recently, CleanTech Environmental President Robert Brown, the CEO of a company that threatens to despoil a sensitive ecosystem in Irwindale, claimed in these pages (Jan. 16) that his used motor oil recycling plant will be so "...
News Release
1/13/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Toxic Substances Control to reverse its grant of a permit to CleanTech Environmental for a new Irwindale facility to process hazardous waste and recycle used motor oil because the department skipped a proper assessment of the risks. The DTSC granted the permit without...
Blog Post
12/26/2012
Posted by Jamie Court
Can you remember another year when consumers' voices have been heard so loudly? We're one step closer to fair health insurance rates: Consumer Watchdog Campaign qualified a ballot measure for the next California general election that forces health insurance companies to justify and get permission before raising rates, and also provides...
News Release
11/16/2012
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the Department of Toxic Substances Control for 72 citations of Chemical Waste Management Inc. for failing to report spills of hazardous waste at its hazardous waste and PCB landfill over a four-year period, but said now the department should follow through with a permit denial. The...
Focus Area
3/1/2012
Posted by Daniel Palay
California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, but some of the weakest enforcement. Toxic pollution emissions from manufacturers and refineries to soil and water rose ten percent in 2011, after steadily falling since 2007, according to the US EPA. Toxic pollution is affecting communities across the state from heavily...