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News Story
6/14/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
State lawmakers this week approved a revised budget proposal by the toxics department to reform the agency's hazardous waste fee structure after the department, lawmakers and the governor's office hammered out an agreement behind closed doors, sources say. Some observers are blasting the way lawmakers and the department have handled...
News Release
6/10/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Now that lead battery recycler Exide Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has potentially stuck California taxpayers with the tab for multi-millions in cleanup costs in the city of Vernon, Consumer Watchdog said today. The DTSC suspended operations at the plant...
News Story
6/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
In its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, Exide cites the forced suspension of operations at its Vernon lead-recycling plant and other economic factors. Battery maker Exide Technologies filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, citing the forced suspension of operations at its Vernon lead-recycling plant and other economic factors. Exide, one of the...
News Story
6/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The California agency in charge of toxic regulation announced last Thursday that it had failed to collect $185 million in repayments owed by polluters. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has since come under fire from Consumer Watchdog, who has called for a comprehensive financial audit of DTSC by the California State...
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
6/1/2013
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 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 contaminated...
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 agency that regulates toxic polluters regularly spends millions of dollars to clean up sites without collecting money from the responsible parties. This week, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) said it has identified $102.7 million that it failed to bill responsible parties, $45 billion it billed but didn’t collect...
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...
News Story
5/31/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
The State Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) admits it failed to collect nearly $185 million from polluting businesses, essentially passing those costs onto California taxpayers. Earlier this year in an NBC4 investigation, insiders with the DTSC said the agency often failed to take significant action against business and industry that...