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Latest California Department of Toxic Substances Control Stories

2013-03-06 12:21:51

Top Managers at The Department of Toxic Substances Control Invested in Companies Holding Permits or Subject to Corrective Actions SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

2013-02-21 12:22:59

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 environment from the environmental and health harms posed by toxic waste in the state's soil, water, and air. The group...

2013-01-15 16:21:19

The Department of Toxic Substances Control skipped a required Environmental Impact Report that would show detriment to already stressed community SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on the Department of Toxic Substances Control to reverse its grant of a permit to CleanTech Environmental for a new Irwindale facility to process hazardous waste and recycle used motor oil because the department skipped a proper assessment of the...

2012-11-16 20:20:24

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 department referred the case to the state Attorney General's Office. If the company is charged $25,000 for...

2012-11-13 12:22:41

91% of Small Business Owners Believe Chemical Industry Should Be Held Responsible for Safe Chemicals in Marketplace LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. small business owners want the chemical industry to be responsible for toxic chemicals safety in the marketplace, according to a new poll commissioned by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Small business owners nationwide show strong support for stricter regulation of toxic chemicals. The October...

2012-10-25 11:21:51

Points Out Small fines, Misunderstanding of Powers, and Calls for Action in Three Cases SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog sent a letter today to the head of California's Department of Toxic Substances Control urging the agency to stop stalling and sanction or pull permits of serial environmental violators, including Chevron and Evergreen Oil, a used oil-re-refiner. A third case, that of hazardous waste processor Phibro-Tech in the largely...

2012-08-07 14:20:25

Explosion, Fire at Aged Richmond Refinery Raises Questions About 'Culture of Safety' at Chevron, Lack of Unified Oversight By Regulators SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Monday night's explosion and hours-long fire at Chevron's large oil refinery in Richmond, Ca., released toxic chemicals including sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxide in unknown amounts, sending hundreds of local residents to local hospitals with breathing and eye complaints. Yet the state...

2012-07-24 10:20:51

Timidity and Fragmented Oversight of Evergreen Oil Plant Hamper Enforcement, Endanger Community, Says Group SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 24, 2012 ??/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New information obtained from emergency responders shows that showing that a July 6th high-temperature leak at the Evergreen Oil re-refining plant in Newark, California involved a hazardous industrial chemical, not just recycled motor oil, as initially reported. Consumer Watchdog called on the chief regulator of the...

2012-07-16 10:21:59

State Department of Toxic Substances Control Must Send "Strong Message" to Evergreen Oil Re-Refiner Over Repeated Safety Lapses, Accidents SANTA MONICA, Ca., July 16, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog called on the Director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Debbie Raphael, to indefinitely close the Evergreen Oil waste-oil re-refinery in Newark, Ca. in a letter sent today. On July 6, a pipe leak spewed "superheated oil" and triggered an emergency...

2012-04-11 10:22:02

Senators Must Seek Specifics On Delays, Unheard Complaints and Lax Enforcement at Confirmation Hearing for State's Toxic Oversight Head SACRAMENTO, Calif., April 11, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to state senators, Consumer Watchdog called for an examination of the years-long failure of the Department of Toxic Substances Control to protect communities from dangerous industries near homes and schools. Senators have an opportunity to ask questions about these problems...