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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...
News Release
3/18/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker & Jamie Court
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
3/6/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog today called for Governor Jerry Brown to fire two top officials at The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for conflicts of interest. The letter said that the officials may have violated the California Code of Regulations by holding six and seven figure interests in companies regulated and/or...
News Release
2/25/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA—Senator Joel Anderson (R-San Diego) became the fourth lawmaker to respond to Consumer Watchdog’s report, Golden Wasteland, calling the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) onto the carpet for falling down on the job and protecting hazardous waste polluters over people. He is now calling for DTSC Director...
Video
2/21/2013
The state agency charged with protecting Californians from most polluters is allowing companies to dump toxic waste and put lives at risk, an NBC4 I-Team Investigation reveals.
Blog Post
2/21/2013
By Liza Tucker
Somebody's listening. We issued Golden Wasteland this morning, a harsh look at  the Department of Toxic Substances Control and how it's falling down on its job of protecting Californians and the environment from toxic harm.  NBC took a deep dive look at the Department last night as well -- and its director refused to answer...
News Release
2/21/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Los Angeles, CA — California has some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement, according to a new report by leading California consumer group, Consumer Watchdog. The group documented how the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has consistently failed to protect communities and the...
Video
2/20/2013
Sources inside the Department of Toxic Substances Control say the agency has a dirty secret: Regulators are falling down on the job and public health is at risk because of it. Two high-ranking DTSC employees with more than 40 years combined in the department told NBC Bay Area’s Investigative Unit that people would be outraged if they knew...