Department of Toxic Substances Control

Review Panel Aims at Top Toxics Regulator, Let's Hope It Doesn't Miss

Courtesy of Gov. Jerry Brown and Senate pro Tem Kevin de Leon, California's top toxics regulator now has an independent review panel. It meets tomorrow for the first time. This panel is critically important to reform of the scandal-plagued Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). It's got one good shot at changing the department's culture--and that is what it is going to take to make this department worthy of its name.
 

Why Does It Take KCBS To Do Top Toxics Regulator's Job?

Last night, CBS TV Los Angeles ran an astonishing story. 
 
Reporter Randy Paige visited homes within two miles of the now-shuttered lead battery recycler Exide. Using an EPA-certified device to instantly measure lead levels in soil or dust, he found children were playing in hazardous waste levels of lead ten times higher or more than the acceptable residential standard. 

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