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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...
News Release
5/30/2013
Posted by Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog called for the California State Auditor to perform a comprehensive financial audit of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today after, as acknowledged in the Sacramento Bee, the state’s top toxics regulator admitted it had never billed or failed to collect $185 million in reimbursements...
News Story
5/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
A California agency spent $100 million in public funds over the past 26 years to clean contaminated property for which polluters were liable but never were sent a bill, officials said Wednesday. The neglected reimbursement stemmed from 1,700 sites ranging from junkyards to small businesses, said Deborah O. Raphael, chief of the Department of Toxic...