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10/9/2013
By Liza Tucker
The Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights was a fitting venue last night for a town hall meeting about resurrecting justice. Senators Kevin De Leon of Los Angeles, Ricardo Lara of Bell Gardens, and Assembly Speaker John Perez were the heroes grilling a panel of environmental regulators that included the state’s top toxics regulator...
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9/20/2013
Workers at Exide Technologies in Vernon have been told to reduce production by 15 percent after officials from the South Coast Air Quality Management District found the level of lead was above strict local standards. The recent violations at the battery recycling plant will go on the company's record and can be used to deny them a permanent...
News Release
9/19/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) to postpone a proposed settlement agreement between staff attorneys and three well-connected partners in the public affairs company California Strategies until one of the partners, Winston Hickox, fully discloses his lobbying activities on behalf...
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9/13/2013
Neighbors of a Vernon battery recycling plant (Exide) are being offered free blood tests to determine whether chemicals from the plant are affecting them. Angie Crouch reports from Vernon for NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Sept. 13, 2013.   var nbcLP={};nbcLP.aRandomNumber=Math.floor(Math.random()*10000);nbcLP.currentPageLoc=encodeURIComponent(...
News Release
9/12/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—In the fine print of “environmental justice” legislation, AB 1330 (Speaker John Perez) is a huge to gift to polluters that allows the state’s toxics regulator to make a plan for “reducing the disposal of hazardous waste that may post a significant threat to human health or the environment to the...
News Release
9/5/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher have filed a motion in Sacramento Superior Court for a preliminary injunction freezing all of Boeing’s demolition of structures and disposal of radioactive waste at the Santa Susana Field Lab in Simi Valley—including a plutonium fuel fabrication building. The...
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8/13/2013
For the first time, the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control addresses whistleblowers’ claims that regulators continually put polluters before the public. Deborah Raphael came under fire in February for leading a department accused of failing to protect the people and environment of California. Vicky Nguyen reports in a...
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8/8/2013
SIMI VALLEY (CBSLA.com) — Once a cutting edge research and development center, the Santa Susana Field Laboratory in the hills above Simi Valley long ago became a contaminated, radioactive source of great concern. But cleanup of the site by Boeing Co., under the supervision of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), has...
News Release
8/6/2013
CONTACT LIza Tucker & Daniel Hirsch
SANTA MONICA, CA –After regulators failed to meet a 24 hour deadline set by public interest groups to stop Boeing from demolishing and disposing of radioactive waste at facilities not licensed to accept radioactive waste and at recycling plants, Consumer Watchdog and Strumwasser & Woocher LLP are filing suit against the Department of...
News Release
8/5/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Dan Hirsch
SANTA MONICA, CA –State regulators at the troubled Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) are quietly allowing Boeing to demolish all of its radioactively-contaminated structures at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL) site in Simi Valley and dispose of the debris at sites that are not...