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2014-04-08 16:20:59

SANTA MONICA, Calif., April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any cleanup, Consumer Watchdog said today. "State toxics regulators have shown by their actions that they don't want...

2014-03-19 16:21:18

Industry Pressure Leaves Enforcement Hands Tied and LA Communities Chronically Exposed to Dangerous Lead Levels SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control folded under industry pressure and ignored proven particulate sampling technology that could have shown Exide Technologies is the source of lead and arsenic contamination in East LA communities, Consumer Watchdog said today. Without proof of the...

2014-03-11 20:21:01

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Watchdog today called on Governor Brown to direct the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to order Exide Technologies, a lead battery recycler in Vernon, to clean up its lead contamination of soil at 39 homes and a pre-school in the area. In a letter to Governor Brown, Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker, thanked the Governor for his role in the DTSC's revealing lead contamination at homes this week, but...

2014-03-11 16:21:36

SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 11, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes showed unacceptably high levels of lead. "We are pleased to see Governor Brown getting out in front of what...

2013-12-16 16:21:32

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Dec. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending final outcome of a lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog counsel and Strumwasser & Woocher on behalf of Consumer Watchdog and three other groups over the alleged illegal demolition and disposal of radioactive debris from Boeing's Santa Susana nuclear reactor and rocket engine test...

2013-09-09 20:20:29

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Californians can look forward to hazardous waste being "left in place" instead of removed and sent to specially constructed and licensed facilities if lawmakers vote through a gut-and-amended Assembly Bill 1330 without new amendments this week, said Consumer Watchdog. Consumer Watchdog called on author Assembly Speaker John Perez to amend the bill: "We are writing to ask you to amend AB1330--which would create a gaping...

2013-09-05 16:22:01

Department of Toxic Substances Control and Boeing Volunteer to Cease Activity Until Sept. 30 SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 groups want the court...

2013-08-05 16:20:50

Boeing Waste from Santa Susana Field Lab Nuclear Meltdown Site in Simi Valley Headed to Municipal Landfills and Recyclers SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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...

2013-07-02 20:20:40

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. "Based on this company's terrible record of repeated violations of hazardous waste laws, the DTSC should have denied Chemical Waste...

2013-06-17 16:21:48

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 Watchdog said today. "This is what happens when regulators get in bed with polluters" said consumer advocate Liza...