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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...

2013-07-02 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...

2013-06-10 16:21:41

SANTA MONICA, Calif., June 10, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 on April 24 because of imminent danger to the public health. Exide follows on the heels of Evergreen Oil....

2013-05-30 16:21:42

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 of public funds from polluters for overseeing cleanup of their toxic messes. "It's outrageous that companies like...

2013-05-30 12:22:39

SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 and is now negotiating with the company on how to resume operations in heavily industrial Vernon where roughly one...