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Blog Post
2/21/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Somebody's listening. We issued Golden Wasteland this morning, a harsh look at  the Department of Toxic Substances Control and how it's falling down on its job of protecting Californians and the environment from toxic harm.  NBC took a deep dive look at the Department last night as well -- and its director refused to answer...
News Release
2/21/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA — California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement, according to a new report by leading California consumer group, Consumer Watchdog. The group documented how the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has consistently failed to protect communities and the...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A California consumer advocacy group is demanding a state investigation of a Wildomar housing tract where residents have abandoned houses that they blame for making them sick. "This case clearly calls for an investigation of the soil in Wildomar, including tests for heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, and other toxins," said a...
News Story
2/21/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   California's standards for hazardous waste management are the most stringent in the nation. But a new report expected out this morning claims the state agency charged with going after toxic polluters is biased toward industry.
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...