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News Release
4/3/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Following news that the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) will investigate a top toxics regulator for financial conflicts of interest, Consumer Watchdog today reiterated its call for the firing of two top officials at the Department of Toxic Substances Control who invested as much as six and seven figures into...
Video
4/2/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal investigation into DTSC chief deputy director Odette Madriago to determine whether she violated conflict of interest laws by investing in companies the department regulates. This story aired on April 2, 2013. Vicky Nguyen reports.
News Story
3/28/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Chemical Waste Management must pay $311,194 for failing to report dozens of spills at its Kettleman Hills toxic waste landfill, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control said Wednesday. But there's "no evidence to suggest" that toxic waste left the landfill or harmed the public, DTSC deputy director of enforcement Brian...
News Release
3/27/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today said that the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) levied a paltry fine of under $300,000 onto Chemical Waste Management - operator of the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill - for failing to notify the department of 72 spills of hazardous waste over a four-year period. “The DTSC...
News Story
3/22/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Toxics department director Debbie Raphael this week issued a statement on the agency's website defending its top managers and policies against a recent, scathing report by a non-profit environmental watchdog group alleging that the agency has a history of mismanaging hazardous waste and lax enforcement that puts many low-income communities at...
News Release
3/18/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Brown to conduct his own investigation into allegations of financial conflict of interest at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and to put two officials at the department on administrative leave immediately. Consumer Watchdog first raised the allegations in a...
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...