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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
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...
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...
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
11/16/2012
CONTACT Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA – Consumer Watchdog today praised the Department of Toxic Substances Control for 72 citations of Chemical Waste Management Inc. for failing to report spills of hazardous waste at its hazardous waste and PCB landfill over a four-year period, but said now the department should follow through with a permit denial. The...