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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)...

 

JANUARY 29, 2016

  • The next Independent Review Panel meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Sacramento. You can view the agenda here.
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January 21, 2016

  • DTSC recently boosted the cooperation between the US and China on environmental issues with a Sacramento meeting between DTSC and the Guangzhou City Bureau of Environmental Protection. The meeting was highlighted by an overview of DTSC programs including the Safer Consumer Products Program, the Hazardous Waste Management Program, the Permitting Process and the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration programs.
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January 14, 2016

  • DTSC and the California Attorney General's Office announced this week that Pacific Steel, Inc., a scrap metal recycle in National City, will pay $138,000 dollars to settle hazardous waste violations.
  • Maven's Notebook recently focused on DTSC's new Safer Consumer Products regulations discussing how the new regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products.
  • DTSC's Karl Palmer, Chief of the Safer Consumer Products Bran, was quoted in an Orange County Register story on the eco-friendliness of cleaning products.
  • The Cal Compact Landfill site in Carson is now looking to commercial prospects for its 157-acre space after losing a recent bid for an NFL stadium.

January 8, 2016

  • The next Independent Review Panel meetings are scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14 in Sacramento. You can view the agenda here.
  • DTSC is helping to rebuild communities in the aftermath from last year's California's devastating wildfires.
  • Francesca Negri was sworn in as chief deputy director of DTSC on Jan. 4, 2016. Negri previously served as chief at the California Department of Transportation, Division of Procurement and Contracts from 2010 to 2016. 

 

December 18, 2015

  • DTSC is launching a Community Protection & Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative to evaluate opportunities and barriers to hazardous waste reduction in California. In cooperation with an Advisory Committee, DTSC will select up to three pilot-scale research projects to assess ways to reduce hazardous waste.  Additional information is available here.
  • Investigators in DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigations aided the investigation that resulted in a $25.95 million settlement with Comcast Cable Communications for alleged unlawful disposal of hazardous waste. And, DTSC's Environmental Chemistry Lab performed all the chemical analysis during the investigation. Read coverage in the San Jose Mercury News and LA Times.
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, CalEPA, DTSC and other agencies filed criminal charges against five businesses in Boyle Heights for various alleged environmental violations. Read coverage from KPCC.
  • The City of Fort Bragg approved a remedial action plan for the former Georgia-Pacific mill site. DTSC is the lead agency overseeing the work on the site.
  • DTSC's News Feed will back Jan. 7.

December 10, 2015

  • A cleanup project in San Bernardino County embodies DTSC's mission to protect California's people and the environment.

December 4, 2015

  • DTSC began the removal of lead-contaminated soil from residential yards in the Expanded Area near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 3. You can read coverage of the cleanup in Spanish in La Opinion.
  • Staff from DTSC's Safer Consumer Product Program will take part in the Safer Consumer Products Briefing scheduled for January 2016 in San Diego. The briefing will provide information on the latest SCP regulations.
  • 186 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers. 

 

November 19, 2015

  • DTSC is working with a school district on a plan for the cleanup at a proposed middle school site at the China Lake Naval Air Weapons Stations near Ridgecrest.
  • Don't forget to follow DTSC and other CalEPA agencies on Instagram to see the work they are performing throughout the state!

November 12, 2015

  • The first meeting of the Independent Review Panel for the DTSC will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 18. You can view the agenda and public meeting notice here.
  • More than 10,100 tons of soil have been removed from 181 residential properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

November 5, 2015

  • DTSC has begun cleanup activities in an expanded area of residences impacted by lead emissions from the former Exide Technologies battery recycling facility in Vernon.
  • Watch the DTSC video about the Lead Contamination Cleanup of the Preliminary Area of Investigation near the Exide Technologies facility. The Spanish version is here. 

 

October 29, 2015

  • More than 9,800 tons of soil have been removed from 176 residential properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

October 22, 2015

  • More than 500 property owners have registered with DTSC and CalRecycle for cleanup of their homes that were destroyed by the Butte fire.
  • DTSC's publication of the draft Stage 1 Alternative Analysis Guide "...marks an important milestone in the growing practice of alternatives assessment (AA), as there are now about twenty AA frameworks that promote informed substitution," said the news service, Chemical Watch, in a recent article.
  • 174 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

October 14, 2015

  • DTSC is overseeing the cleanup of 11,000 acres of polluted land in Riverside County which will provide a new area for recreation use and will also help protect endangered wildlife. 
  • Watch our video on how DTSC and the Santa Clara County Open Space Authority helped create a butterfly preserve in Coyote Ridge for endangered species.  
  • 170 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

October 7, 2015

  • Coverage continues on DTSC's cleanup efforts of hazardous material left behind by the Butte Fire that destroyed more than 700 properties in Calaveras County. See stories from KCRA 3 News, FOX40 News, and The Union Democrat.
  • More than 9,400 tons of soil have been removed from 167 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
  • US EPA reached a $55 million settlement with Shell Oil Company and U.S. General Services Administration to clean up contaminated soil at the Del Amo Superfund Site in Los Angeles. 

 

September 30, 2015

  • DTSC's Emergency Response Unit inspected and cleaned up hazardous waste from burned properties in Trinity Pines after the Fork Complex fire devastated the area in early August.
  • DTSC received $500,000 in Supplemental funding from U.S EPA to help clean up contaminated brownfields sites. DTSC was one of 31 grantees from across the country to receive such funding.
  • A former brownfield site in Contra Costa County was recently turned into a sports park with DTSC's help
  • Meredith Williams, DTSC's Deputy Director of the Safer Products and Workplaces Program, gave the opening address at the 2015 Green Chemistry Clearinghouse conference in San Francisco on Sept. 29, and Karl Palmer, Chief of the Safer Consumer Products Branch, moderated a panel at the conference.

September 23, 2015

  • More than 9,100 tons of soil have been removed from 161 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

September 16, 2015

  • Karl Palmer, Chief of DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Branch, will be part of a panel at the 2015 Green Chemistry Clearinghouse conference on Sept. 29 in San Francisco.
  • U.S. EPA reached a settlement agreement with a metal finishing firm to spend $108,000 to develop hazardous waste training materials for the metal finishing industry. The materials will be available to DTSC and to the local CUPA.
  • 159 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
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August 28, 2015

  • DTSC will receive a $350,000 reimbursement for the cleanup costs incurred for cleaning up arsenic, chromium and copper contamination at a former wood-preserving site in Elmira.
  • Check out the latest numbers on the cleanup of residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon - 153 properties complete and more than 8,500 tons of soil removed. 
  • A former brownfield site in Pittsburg which is home to 83,000 solar panels will begin operation in October. DTSC supervised the cleanup of the 104-acre piece of land.

August 21, 2015 

  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program "has helped raise awareness among consumers and retailers and spurred suppliers to look at alternatives" wrote The Guardian  about California's Green Chemistry Initiative.  
  • DTSC and CalRecycle will be part of the Rocky fire debris management cleanup plan. 
  • More than 8,200 tons of soil have been removed from 150 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.

August 14, 2015

  • DTSC and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority are helping a  Bay Area endangered butterfly survive by designating a preserve in the Santa Clara County foothills.
  • More than 8,100 tons of soil has been removed from 146 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
  • Follow DTSC and other CalEPA agencies on the CaliforniaEPA Instagram account!

August 6, 2015

  • Work to remove contaminated soil  for a new school campus in Ridgecrest could begin in late September or early October. DTSC is supervising the cleanup.
  • Check out the  latest numbers on the cleanup of residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon - 139 properties complete and more than 7,700 tons of soil removed. 

 

July 30, 2015

  • Two DTSC employees received the Lean 6-Sigma Efficiency Training Certificates from the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) on Wednesday, July 23. In order to receive certification, participants had to complete projects that would vastly improve the efficiency and operation of a number of processes within their departments.
  • DTSC will  oversee the removal of more than 20,000 cubic yards of contaminated soil to make way for the proposed construction of a new middle school in Ridgecrest.

July 23, 2015

  • DTSC and South Coast AQMD will host the Exide Technologies Advisory Group meeting today from 6-8 p.m. in Los Angeles. The meeting will focus on the closure plan and the residential cleanup.
  • DTSC helped launched the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force, which includes a new website for reporting pollution concerns in the San Francisco area. The task force is part of the IVAN program that connects community members with people who can help solve local environmental problems.

July 16, 2015

  • DTSC will help launch the Bayview Hunters Point Environmental Justice Response Task Force on July 22 in San Francisco. The task force is the newest members of the Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods (IVAN) program and the first in Northern California. The launch follows the IVAN summit that the UC Davis Center for Regional Change hosted on Monday at the CalEPA building in Sacramento.
  • Checkout the latest numbers on the cleanup of residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon - 129 properties complete and more than 7,000 tons of soil removed.

July 9, 2015

  • Cleanup of soil contaminated by a fire in Mecca is completed. DTSC oversaw the cleanup.
  • DTSC is accepting public comments until July 27 on the soil and groundwater cleanup plans at the former  Georgia-Pacific Mill site in Fort Bragg.

July 2, 2015

  • DTSC is overseeing the cleanup of lead-contaminated soil near the Martinez Junior High School in Martinez, paving the way for two new educational facilities.
  • More than 6,800 tons of soil has been removed from 119 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
  • The Green Huffington Post points to DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program as an example of why California is a place where regulation of toxic chemicals is taken seriously. 

 
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