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DTSC News Feed

DTSC News Feed is a weekly email that pulls together short updates and internet links to keep you informed about the latest accomplishments and news highlights at the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC)...


December 18, 2014

  • Governor Jerry Brown appointed Elise Rothschild as DTSC's new Deputy Director of the Hazardous Waste Management Program. Rothschild comes to DTSC from the Sacramento County Environmental Management Department where she has been the Division Chief of Environmental Compliance. Find out more details about Rothschild from the Governor's Office announcement.
  • DTSC fined Neutrogena more than $400,000 for hazardous waste violations at its facility in Los Angeles.
  • Watch a video of DTSC's oversight of the cleanup of contaminated soil of residential homes in Boyle Heights and Maywood near the Exide facility in Vernon.
  • California's Safer Consumer Products regulations are on track; the choice of consumer products is grounded in science; and the process has been broadly collaborative, said Meredith Williams, DTSC's Deputy Director of Safer Products and Workplaces Program, in an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee.
  • The Hollister school district is in talks with trustees to expand the school site after approved agreement with DTSC for environmental testing.
  • A commerce park is planned at a historic lumber mill property, a former brownfield site, in Mount Shasta where DTSC and U.S. EPA have begun to assess and clean up the site. DTSC is playing a crucial role in fostering economic development projects in Mt. Shasta.
  • Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully applauded DTSC as well as other district attorneys for their involvement in the Biomass facilities investigation.
  • DTSC's News Feed will back Jan. 8, 2015.

December 11, 2014

  • Lynn Goldman, DTSC attorney, featured in California Lawyer article on unique public service program.

December 4, 2014

  • DTSC's Quarterly Public Meeting is set for Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Sierra Room of the CalEPA Building at 1001 I Street in Sacramento. Check out the agenda here.
  • DTSC's Environmental Chemistry Lab produced research for the new flame-retardant standards for upholstered furniture.
  • DTSC helped develop a cleanup plan for property in Pacific Palisades recently purchased by the developer of The Grove and Americana at Brand shopping centers in LA.


November 20, 2014

  • Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, from Berkeley, applauded the court order closing of the metal plating facility in Richmond.
  • Attorney General Kamala D. Harris and the Alameda County District Attorney's Office settle with AT&T for $23.8 million for hazardous waste law violations. DTSC's investigators and laboratory assisted in the investigation and waste analysis.
  • DTSC's next quarterly public meeting is set for Dec. 10.

November 13, 2014

  • Watch the DTSC's video on the enforcement order against Exide in English and Spanish.

November 6, 2014

  • GO-Biz launched its new web page highlighting the best practices of business groups and state and local permitting agencies, including DTSC, that are making their programs more user-friendly for businesses.
  • Valued at $3 million, a once-contaminated vacant lot known as Southland Steel is ready for sale in Huntington Park after a cleanup overseen by DTSC.


October 30, 2014

  • Former farmland is being turned into a high school in Fresno County with the help from DTSC.
  • DTSC is asking for input from manufactures concerning making fishing products safer. See how fisherman in one California community took the lead out of a nearby lake to protect drinking water and wildlife.
  • DTSC helped remove toxic chemicals remaining after a drug bust in Santa Clara County.

October 23, 2014

  • DTSC files complaint against U.S. Army for numerous hazardous waste laws violations. Read more details at the Modesto Bee.
  • DTSC's Twitter account reached 900 followers this week! Follow us at @CaliforniaDTSC to get the latest information on DTSC news and check us out on Facebook.

October 16, 2014

  • DTSC's Emergency Response unit helps cleanup hazardous waste left behind by the Boles Fire in Weed.
  • Stanislaus County takes on the role of project manager for future development of the former Crows Landing Air Facility, a site overseen by DTSC.

October 9, 2014

  • Historic Silicon Valley site to become a new public open space preserve in Santa Clara County. The site, owned by United Technology Corp., is being overseen by DTSC.
  • Changes made by DTSC to the Priority Product Initiative on spray foam were welcomed by spray foam industry.
  • DTSC is testing the soil at Heritage Park in Parlier for arsenic.

October 2, 2014

  • A Calexico business was ordered to pay $19,000 by DTSC for improper disposal of hazardous waste.
  • The fifth comprehensive high school for the Irvine Unified School District will have its groundbreaking ceremony on October 16. DTSC played a major role in the evaluation and testing of the site for hazardous material.
  • DTSC's fact sheet is cited by EcoWaste Coalition group who is urging the Philippines' government to stop the sale and use of brass water faucets with high lead content.


September 26, 2014

  • On Sept. 25, more than 50 people, representing community members, environmental groups and stakeholders, attended DTSC's first Draft Priority Product Work Plan workshop in Sacramento. The workshop discussed the seven product categories and received comments from the audience. A second workshop is scheduled Sept. 29 in Cypress.
  • A recent SFGate editorial supported DTSC's efforts to take a "...hard look at chemicals that harm the environment."
  • News Watch 12 of Medford, OR, reported on the cleanup efforts from the Boles Fire in Siskiyou County where DTSC assisted with the removal toxic and hazardous waste.
  • Former farmland near Marysville to be cleaned up by DTSC and become a new campus for the school district.

September 18, 2014

  • Two workshops are scheduled in September for the Priority Product Work Plan in Sacramento and Cypress.
  • EPA awards DTSC and UC Berkeley a $335,000 grant to use green technology to design safer consumer products.
  • The Monterey County District Attorney with DTSC support, settled with TJX Companies, Inc. for $2.7 million for violations of hazardous waste laws.

September 11, 2014

  • Watch a video of DTSC's Terri Hardy discuss the cost recovery program at DTSC's quarterly public meeting held Sept. 10. The next public meeting is set for Dec. 10.
  •  Turning bad land good: DTSC helps turn contaminated land into a proposed housing project in Silicon Valley.
  • DTSC's helps with the cleanup of 3 million gallons of toxic chemicals at Samoa Pulp Mills in Humboldt County.

September 4, 2014

  • Jordan Downs project - a site DTSC is overseeing in Watts - celebrated a lower crime rate. The Los Angeles City Council has given the go-ahead for the $1 billion redevelopment project.


August 28, 2014

  • DTSC's next quarterly public meeting is set for Sept. 10. See the agenda here
  • DTSC's assessment, cleanup and community involvement continues at Malibu schools.  
  • Check out DTSC's latest videos on our YouTube channel at DTSCgreen. Learn about the Presidio of San Francisco cleanup and Berkeley's environmental chemistry lab.
  • DTSC investigates site for possible new elementary school in Milpitas.

August 21, 2014

  • The Biomonitoring California program received a $5 million grant from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The BC program is a collaborative effort between DTSC, OEHHA, and CDPH.
  • The Office of Criminal Investigation's case against a Hilmar plating shop resulted in several criminal charges. Read more in the Merced Sun-Star.
  • DTSC is investigating potential soil contamination at Malibu schools. Read the Los Angeles Register story.

August 14, 2014

  • See how DTSC's chemistry lab tests for lead in soil. We have video.
  • Cleanup of lead-contaminated soil in the yards of two homes near Exide Technologies in Vernon began Monday. See coverage by NBC Los Angeles and 89.3 KPCC.
  • DTSC has rescheduled two workshops on the upcoming Priority Products Work Plan. They'll now be in September. For details, visit DTSC's website.

August 7, 2014

  • DTSC cleanup makes way for freeway interchange at former foundry site in Corona.


July 31, 2014

  • Read Acting Director Miriam Ingenito's message about how DTSC is tracking progress.

July 24, 2014

  • Presidio trust completes 15-year cleanup program in agreement with DTSC, cleaning up 200 hazardous waste sites within the National Historic Landmark.
  • DTSC's Wayne Lorentzen, a hazardous substances engineer, receives one of 13 "green belts" for his Lean-6 Sigma training to improve efficiency in the permitting process from GO-Biz. 
  • CPI International is fined $135,000 after an investigation with the aid of DTSC for illegal disposal and treatment of hazardous waste.

July 17, 2014

  • DTSC sent thermostat manufacturers a Summary of Violations letter for their failure to meet collection rate performance requirements.
  • Cleanup planned near Jordan Downs after DTSC approved remediation plan.
  • Cleanup work began at former Cinderella Motel at site in Red Bluff by PG&E and overseen by DTSC.
  • DTSC project manager shows decontamination process at Whittaker-Bermite site in Santa Clarita Valley.

July 10, 2014

  • DTSC reached a $36,000 settlement with Cal Micro Recycling for allegedly violating hazardous waste laws.
  • Incident with skin cream containing mercury sparks DTSC to help train southern California counties on how to detect and clean up toxic mercury.
  • Whittaker-Bermitegroundwater cleanup moves ahead after DTSC public comment period ended for the 996 acres site.


June 26, 2014

  • DTSC filed a complaint against FedEx Ground for allegedly mishandling hazardous materials shipped in California. Extensive coverage has ranged from the Sacramento Bee and Star Tribune (in Minneapolis).
  • Sunnyvale's newest neighborhood park in nearly 30 years opens in July with help from DTSC.
  • Comments can still be submitted to DTSC's Priority Products by June 30th. For more information, click here.

June 19, 2014

  • DTSC overseeing lead testing at Jordan Downs housing project in Watts.  
  • DTSC ensures pollution is safely contained at six school sites in the San Diego area, including one in El Cajon near an aerospace plant.

June 12, 2014

  • Two sister companies in the San Diego area will pay DTSC $70,000 for improper handling of hazardous waste. For more details, check out DTSC's press release.
  • DTSC is set to cleanup a former Xerox site used to clean copiers and equipment with chemical solvents in Irvine. DTSC will clean up contaminated soil and monitor groundwater.
  • DTSC's crew responds to Berkeley meth lab bust. See the story at the Berkeleyside site.
  • Comments can still be submitted to DTSC's Priority Products by June 30th. For more information, click here.

June 5, 2014

  • DTSC has wrapped up its final Priority Products workshop. There's still time to comment by June 30, just click here.
  • Sacramento downtown railyard on the verge of being sold. Check out the story in the Sacramento Bee.
  • EPA decreases unemployment by training 25 people to clean up a former industrial site in Rialto.
  • Kaiser Permanente pledged this week to stop buying toxic flame-retardant furniture.


May 29, 2014

  • The Sacramento Bee: DTSC's approval to expand Chemical Waste Management's Kettleman facility was the correct decision.
  • KCRA answers the question: "Why is that big drill on Capitol Mall?" 


May 22, 2014

  • Sacramento's historic downtown rail yard, which DTSC is helping clean up, is being considered for a UC Davis satellite campus.
  • Fire season has hit with a vengeance. DTSC is prepared to help.  
  • The next Priority Products workshop is May 28 in Oakland.


May 14, 2014

  • A DTSC-supervised cleanup of a former PG&E substation could lead to a new city parking lot in St. Helena.
  • The comment period for a Whittaker-Bermite cleanup plan is extended.
  • A public workshop is scheduled to discuss cleanup plans for an old mill in Fort Bragg.
  • Safer Consumer Products:
  • The chairperson of the 4th Safer Consumer Products summit in Santa Clara calls the Department's new initiative a "bold, game-changing historic development,"
  • This UC Berkeley study underscores the importance of one of the selected Priority Products.
  • The next Priority Products' workshop is on May 28 in Oakland

May 8, 2014

  • A DTSC cleanup site in Palo Alto is the subject of a pilot study.
  • Multifamily homes are planned at Alameda Point - a DTSC-assisted cleanup of a former military site. The video has more.
  • Message from the Director: DTSC is on the right path.
  • Dozens of people attended DTSC's first Priority Products' workshop on May 7. The next one is May 28 in Oakland.

May 1, 2014

  • KCRA reports on DTSC's efforts to recover $2 million in cleanup costs from a cleanup site near Vacaville.
  • A complex DTSC-supervised cleanup leads to a new cleantech manufacturing center and more jobs in downtown Los Angeles.
  • DTSC was involved in the investigation and development of the cleanup plan that led to this landmark moment at the former Hamilton Army Air Field in Novato. The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board is overseeing implementation of the plan.
  • Turning brownfields green: A DTSC cleanup becomes a showcase development proposal in San Francisco.


April 24, 2014

  • An anonymous tip to DTSC leads to a $390,000 penalty. The Monterey County Weekly has more.
  • A DTSC -supervised cleanup could lead to a new city parking lot in St. Helena.
  • An Earth Day message from Director Debbie Raphael.
  • Times, dates and locations of three upcoming Priority Product workshops. 

April 17, 2014

April 10, 2014

April 3, 2014  

  • A joint investigation involving DTSC leads to an $18.1 million settlement by Lowe's.  Track the news coverage on our new media coverage web page.
  • DTSC cleanup certification leads to restoration of 4-acre Mountain Lake at Presidio of San Francisco
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products initiative is the most recent example of a "Momentous shift" in the marketplace, says.
  • Dates are set for two Priority Products' workshops.


March 27, 2014  

  • Check out the video of DTSC's recent draft Priority Products announcement.
  • DTSC investigators helped bring criminal charges againsta Sun Valley metal recycler. The Los Angeles Daily News and Fox 11have more.
  • The Redwood Times has the story of DTSC and other agencies cooperating in the cleanup of discarded paint and other hazardous materials along the Eel River in Ferndale.
  • Dates are set for two Priority Products' workshops.

March 20, 2014  

  • DTSC certifies as complete the cleanup of a park in Fullerton.  Page 4 of The Fullerton Observer has more.
  • The Long Beach Press-Telegram has the story of a DTSC-supervised cleanup that is leading to a new $75 million project near the port.
  • Coverage of DTSC's landmark Priority Products announcement continues.  We're up to 60 stories and still going.

March 6, 2014

  • DTSC seeks to recover $2 million in cleanup costs from wood-preservation business.

  • Cleanup of a Fullerton park is completed.

  • Keep the date: DTSC's quarterly meeting.


February 27, 2014

  • The Los Angeles Times covers a real-time environmental reporting project that DTSC helped start– and helps keep going.

  • DTSC Emergency Response personnel are summoned to a "bomb house" near Redding. The Redding Record-Searchlight has more.

  • Residential developers scoop up lots at a former DTSC-involved cleanup project in Sacramento .

  • Newspapers in Fontana and Long Beach cover a green schools partnership that includes DTSC.

  •  Keep the date: DTSC's quarterly meeting.

February 13, 2014

  • DTSC oversees the remediation of a former PG&E gas manufacturing plant in Oroville. 
  • DTSC is the "hub" of an innovative healthy schools partnership that will make schools greener and cleaner in Southern California.
  • The agenda for DTSC's next public meeting on March 17, 2014.

February 6, 2014

  • After the firefighters depart, DTSC emergency response crews come in and clean up the toxic remains.
  • A DTSC enforcement initiative leads to criminal action against a central San Joaquin Valley metal recycling business. The Fresno Business Journal and The Fresno Bee were among the newspapers that published stories.
  • Coverage of a unique pilot schools project involving DTSC continues. A blogger covering education has the latest.
  • The agenda for DTSC's next public meeting on March 17, 2014.


January 30, 2014 

  • California is the vanguard for chemical disclosure, thanks to DTSC's bold Safer Consumer Products regulation.
  • Hazardous waste hauler fined $243,000 after DTSC files civil complaint against him. The Los Angeles Times has more . (registration required)
  • Large chunk of former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is deleted from Superfund list following cleanup. Read more here.
  • DTSC is a key partner in an innovative safe schools pilot project in Southern California.  KNX 1070 has more .
  • Here is more coverage of DTSC's Emergency Response team safely removing thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals from a home near a Long Beach school. (registration required)

January 23, 2014 

January 16, 2014 

  • DTSC has reconstituted the Green Ribbon Science Panel, bringing together 15 dedicated scientists, engineers and business leaders to advise on critical aspects and components needed to implement the Safer Consumer Products regulation.
  • On Jan. 14, about 40 people representing industry, business and the public attended a public meeting in Wilmington (Los Angeles County) on the management and disposal of metal shredding residue. The residue is what remains after old automobiles and appliances are shredded for recycling.Another public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Oakland. DTSC will make recommendations by November.
  • Federal, state, and local officials, including DTSC, will launch a new intergovernmental pilot project that will identify potential environmental health hazards facing students and staff at schools across Southern California.
  • California's Safer Consumer Products program is mentioned in this story on sustainable brands.

January 13, 2014 

  • Governor Brown’s proposed budget includes an increase of $6.6 million and 25.5 positions for DTSC. See the details here.
  • DTSC investigation leads to jail sentence for hazardous waste transporter. See story in LA Times.

January 9, 2014  

  • A DTSC investigation resulted in the successful prosecution and sentencing of former hazardous waste transporter Roy Paul Gressly for six felony violations of the Hazardous Waste Control Act.
  • DTSC is an important player in the Sacramento railyard project – one of the most ambitious redevelopment proposals in the nation.
  • Channel 40 reports on new homes at Curtis Park in Sacramento , a project possible in part to a DTSC cleanup.
  • DTSC’s 2012 nail polish study is referenced in blogs in the New York Times and Refinery 29, and in this San Francisco Chronicle story on healthier nail salons.

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