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News Release
3/19/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA—Regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control folded under industry pressure and ignored proven particulate sampling technology that could have shown Exide Technologies is the source of lead and arsenic contamination in East LA communities, Consumer Watchdog said today. Without proof of the connection, the DTSC...
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3/18/2014
Officials with the state Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) announced they had found extremely high levels of lead in homes, schools and a park near Exide Technologies. The state believes the lead pollution came from the Vernon plant. Almost every home tested had levels of lead in the soil that exceeded 80 parts per million, the level...
News Release
3/13/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Davis Gortner
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and four other environmental groups today said that NASA could be about to break the commitments it made in a 2010 agreement to clean up all the detectible contamination at its former Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL) rocket testing site in the Simi Hills. Consumer Watchdog, Teens Against Toxins, the...
News Release
3/11/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Brown to direct the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to order Exide Technologies, a lead battery recycler in Vernon, to clean up its lead contamination of soil at 39 homes and a pre-school in the area. In a letter to Governor Brown, Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker,...
Video
3/11/2014
The Department of Toxic Substances Control ordered environmental testing of soil at 39 homes and two schools near the Exide facility in East Los Angeles. Supervisor Gloria Molina says state regulators haven't been doing enough to close the Exide plant in Vernon, which was ordered to conduct further testing after the elevated lead levels were...
Video
3/11/2014
California Governor Jerry Brown intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes and 2 schools showed...
News Release
3/10/2014
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA--Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes showed...
Video
12/17/2013
A pile of metal debris from a stockpile of "light iron" recyclable metal exploded and sparked a fire on Tuesday at Sims Metal Management in Redwood City - for the second time in a little more than a month - prompting fears about the quality of air spewing from the blaze. NBC Bay Area continues to investigate the regulatory failures that...
News Release
12/16/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending final outcome of a lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog counsel and Strumwasser & Woocher on behalf of Consumer Watchdog and three other groups over the illegal demolition and...
Legal Update
10/30/2013
By Liza Tucker
Over the weekend, Boeing misled the media on a preliminary injunction request by Consumer Watchdog in Sacramento Superior Court last Friday afternoon. We’d asked a judge to stop the state from letting Boeing demolish and dispose of radioactive debris from radionuclide-impregnated buildings in one area of its Santa Susana rocket and nuclear...