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News Release
5/13/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- After a complaint by Consumer Watchdog to the state about investments made in companies she regulates, Odette Madriago, chief deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has stepped down from her position and will retire at the end of the year, the group has learned. Consumer Watchdog brought a...
Blog Post
4/26/2013
Carmen Balber
What a week! Three big victories in California will keep us safer from dangerous doctors, toxic polluters and privacy invasions, but we only got there thanks to your support. State Senator Curren Price and Assemblyman Richard Gordon proposed yesterday to strip the California Medical Board of its authority over physician discipline. The physician-...
News Release
4/24/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) did the right thing in taking aggressive action against the biggest lead battery recycler in the state, a serial toxic polluter, Consumer Watchdog said today. But the group faulted the DTSC for serious lapses in its regulation of the facility over two decades. Specifically, the...
Blog Post
4/22/2013
By Liza Tucker
It’s Earth Day. Here in California, state regulators are celebrating with their Keep California Beautiful Event that kicks off at the State Capitol followed by cleanup activities, like picking up litter and collecting e-waste, across the State. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that protects communities from toxic harm is in...
Blog Post
4/10/2013
By Liza Tucker
On Friday, federal accident investigators told California legislators that the state’s patchwork of oil industry regulations needs a serious overhaul. The Chevron fire that produced a toxic cloud and sent 15,000 people to the hospital could have been prevented, but the system was reactive and not designed to foresee and forestall problems,...
News Release
4/10/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has gutted its ability to inspect refineries in the wake of the Chevron refinery fire in Richmond last August, Consumer Watchdog said today. The information comes on the heels of a U.S. Chemical Safety Board statement before California lawmakers that the fire could have...
Video
4/4/2013
The chief of the enforcement division at the Fair Political Practices Commission said Tuesday that the FPPC has launched a formal investigation to determine if Odette Madriago, deputy director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, violated any conflict of interest laws by holding stock in companies the DTSC regulates. Meanwhile, a...
News Release
4/3/2013
CONTACT 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
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 Release
3/27/2013
CONTACT 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...