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Toxics Agency a Little Less Toxic Due to Legislation

After years of criticism over lax oversight of polluters, the Legislature and governor have finally taken action and given more enforcement power to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC). The legislation is a good move forward, but more could be done. 
 

Will De León Hold Top Regulator Accountable For Cleanup of Boeing's Toxic Site?

When Barbara Lee came up for confirmation as Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control in July, 50 groups begged the California Senate Rules Committee and Senate pro Tem Kevin de León to put off a vote until Lee, who had been in office six months, took action to punish serial hazardous waste polluters, deny them permits, and force them to clean up communities under toxic assault.

The Rules Committee confirmed her anyway, but she got fair warning.

Video: KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA: L.A.'s Nuclear Secret

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KNBC TV-4 Los Angeles, CA

The Santa Susana Field Laboratory, tucked in the hills between the San Fernando and Simi Valleys, is putting the health of thousands of Los Angeles and Ventura County residents at risk, and the current owner of the site, Boeing, is stonewalling a full clean-up of the site. KNBC's Joel Grover tells the story.

Will Bills Creating Independent Oversight of Dysfunctional Toxics Regulator Survive?

Right now, bills are moving through the state legislature to force our top toxics regulator to decide when hazardous waste polluters lose their permits, and to create internal and external oversight of the scandal-plagued Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).
 

Rewriting California's Toxic History

Trying to rewrite history seems to be a habit for the state’s toxics regulators.
 
In November 2014, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) briefly posted a document on its website that questioned if a partial nuclear meltdown happened at the Santa Susana Field Lab in 1959 despite overwhelming proof acknowledged by DTSC, the legislature, and the courts, that it did. The information was quickly removed. 

Report: Inside Job: How Boeing Fixers Captured Regulators and Derailed a Nuclear and Chemical Clean in LA’s Backyard

This report analyzes the California Department of Toxic Substances Control response to environmental damage perpetrated by Boeing. Public Records Act requests provided information on how polluters came to dominate their regulators at the expense of the public.

http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/resources/InsideJob.pdf

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