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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...
News Release
7/2/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) used a bogus excuse—the promise of cutting the hazardous waste the state produces in half by 2025—to preliminarily approve Chemical Waste Management’s expansion of its hazardous waste landfill at Kettleman City, Consumer Watchdog said today.  ...
News Release
6/17/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA –Exide Technologies has won a temporary reprieve that prevents the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) from enforcing its shutdown of the company’s Vernon plant. That means the lead battery recycler can restart its operations, threatening Californians with renewed pollution of their air and water, Consumer...
News Release
6/10/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – Now that lead battery recycler Exide Technologies has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has potentially stuck California taxpayers with the tab for multi-millions in cleanup costs in the city of Vernon, Consumer Watchdog said today. The DTSC suspended operations at the plant...
News Release
5/30/2013
CONTACT 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 Release
5/29/2013
CONTACT Liza Tucker
SANTA MONICA, CA – New documents reveal that, contrary to its public statements, the state’s top toxics regulator knew about lead and arsenic emissions at Exide Technologies for years but looked the other way, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) suspended Exide’s operations on April 24...
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5/14/2013
DTSC Chief Deputy Director Odette Madriago steps down just weeks after NBC Bay Area uncovered a stock portfolio full of investments into companies the department regulates. Investigative Reporter Vicky Nguyen reports in an investigation that aired on May 13, 2013. See the original source page here: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/DTSC-...