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News Story
8/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SIMI VALLEY, Calif. (AP) — Several environmental groups on Tuesday sued state regulators over the cleanup of a former nuclear research lab, saying low-level radioactive waste was improperly shipped to landfills. Consumer Watchdog, along with other groups, filed a lawsuit Tuesday in Sacramento County Superior Court against the Department...
News Release
8/5/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –State regulators at the troubled Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are quietly allowing Boeing to demolish all of its radioactively-contaminated structures at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in Simi Valley and dispose of the debris at sites that are not...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog group Monday accused the state of allowing Boeing to demolish radiation-contaminated structures at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory and dispose of the debris at sites not licensed to receive radioactive waste. The group said it uncovered the practice at the field lab in the hills outside Simi Valley, the site of a...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Two state regulator agencies were accused Monday of placing the public's health at risk by allowing the Boeing Co. to demolish an old plutonium fabrication building on the Santa Susana Field Laboratory site and then planning to dispose the debris at an unlicensed dump in Kern County. Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica based advocacy...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A coalition of environmental groups accused state regulators Monday of allowing low-level radioactive waste from the former Santa Susana Field Laboratory to be illegally disposed of in landfills not licensed to receive such material. Consumer Watchdog,  the Center for Race Poverty and the Environment, and others said debris from six...
News Story
8/5/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Watchdog groups have accused Boeing Corporation of sending radioactive waste from the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in Ventura County to landfills that aren’t certified to handle it – and they allege that the state’s Department of Toxic Substances Control has condoned the practice. The groups said the waste is going to city...
News Story
7/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state's top toxics regulator just pulled a fast one on a farming community suffering birth defects and infant deaths. The Department of Toxic Substances Control signaled it would grant a serial toxic polluter – Chemical Waste Management – a permit to expand its operations greatly at the controversial Kettleman City hazardous...
News Story
6/3/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Apparently, Caltrans isn't the only state agency that needs thorough scrutiny. Evidence is mounting that the state Department of Toxic Substances Control could use a good scrubbing as well. The Sacramento Bee's Jim Sanders reported Thursday that the agency has spent more than $100 million in public money since 1987 to clean up 1,700...
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxic regulator reveals it has not recouped $185 million in public funds from polluters The state agency in charge of regulating toxic polluters admitted Thursday that it failed to collect $185 million the state spent cleaning up contaminated sites such as junkyards, small businesses and property owned by large companies including Chevron....
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has prioritized cleanup over reimbursement, agency memo says. Toxics director says collection efforts are being stepped up. The state agency responsible for protecting Californians from toxic contamination has spent more than $145 million over the last 25 years cleaning up hazardous waste sites but...