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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)...


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. 


June 25, 2015

  • DTSC helped fund the East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice survey for the truck idling hot spots and illegal E-Waste dumping in the City of commerce. As a result, 20 signs will be installed in the city in locations where significant numbers of idling trucks and engines were found. See coverage in the EGP News.
  • The California Interagency Refinery Task Force will host a series of Refinery Safety Forums regarding recent efforts to better protect communities and the environment in and around oil refineries. The first forum is June 29 in Carson.

June 19, 2015

  • U.S. EPA and DTSC provided grants and loans that will cover the cost of the removal of more than 5,600 tons of contaminated soil in Huntington Park. When the cleanup is complete, the former Southland Steel property will be used for an electric vehicle dealership.
  • DTSC was part of the research team that linked prenatal exposure to DDT to higher breast cancer risk in a study led by the Oakland Public Health Institute.
  • 105 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon.

June 11, 2015

  • DTSC received a $400,000 grant from the U.S. EPA to fund assessments of environmentally impacted communities in Southern California.
  • The first meeting of the Exide Advisory Group was held at the Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights.
  • The U.S Navy transferred more than half of the adjoining Treasure and Yerba Buena islands to the city of San Francisco. It is the first major ownership transfer that could lead to new homes, businesses and open space on the former Navy sites.

June 4, 2015

  • DTSC is helping set the stage for the makeover of a large piece of property called the  Santa Clara Square project in Santa Clara.
  • More than 5,300 tons of soils have been removed from 93 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. Checkout the latest numbers on the cleanup.
  • Follow DTSC and other California EPA departments on Instagram!


May 28, 2015

  • The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has selected DTSC for two brownfields assessment grants totaling $400,000. DTSC will use the money to assess and come up with cleanup plans for sites along the I-710 Corridor, an environmental justice area in Los Angeles County that links the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with the rest of Southern California.
  • DTSC recently outlined the groundwater cleanup of the Topock Compressor Station site in Needles at a public meeting. The public has until June 4 to submit comments.
  • More than 5,100 tons of soil has been removed from properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. Check out the latest numbers on the cleanup.

May 21, 2015

  • DTSC recently approved the Carson stadium land sale as part of the oversight of the site cleanup. With the land transfer, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders complete another step in building a proposed $1.7 billion joint-use football stadium.
  • Coverage over the nail salon industry continues. See the editorial from The Sacramento Bee.
  • Check out the latest numbers on the cleanup of residential properties near the Exide Facility in Vernon.
  • Watch DTSC's video to learn how employees at CalEPA celebrated Earth Day by taking their children to work.

May 14, 2015

  • Electro-Forming Co. was ordered to pay $8.9 million in penalties for alleged violations of unlawful storage, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste. Read about the previous violations the Richmond Metal Plating Company faced for hazardous waste violations.
  • This New York Times series and Los Angeles Times article are raising awareness of the health risks some nail product ingredients create for salon workers.  U.S. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy called the articles "important tools for regulators to make their case for new public health laws."

May 7, 2015

  • DTSC is helping create jobs, new businesses and homes at a former Naval Supply Center in Alameda.


April 30, 2015

  • DTSC helped investigate Dollar Tree Stores, resulting in a $2.72 million settlement for alleged illegal disposal of hazardous waste.
  • California's Safer Consumer Products program is on a mission to reduce toxic chemicals in everyday products, says the Natural Resource Defense Council in a new blog post.
  • DTSC will hold a community workshop May 6 in Los Angeles about closure of the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon, results of soil sampling in neighborhoods near the facility and how community members can become involved with the closure.
  • See how DTSC and other CalEPA agencies celebrated  Earth Day on April 22.

April 23, 2015

  • DTSC will holding a community workshop on May 6 in Los Angeles about the closure of Exide, results of soil sampling in neighborhoods near the facility and how community members can become involved with the closure.
  • Watch DTSC's video on the closure and the cleanup of residential properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon.
  • DTSC has reached more than 1,300 followers on Twitter! Don't forget to also like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

April 16, 2015

  • DTSC is seeking members for the Exide Advisory Committee for safe closure of the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon and cleanup of surrounding residential properties. Community members interested in working with DTSC and other agencies responsible for protecting and informing the public during the closure and cleanup can sign up here.
  • Meredith Williams, DTSC's Deputy Director of Safer Products and Workplaces Program, writes in an Op-Ed in The Sacramento Bee that DTSC is working with other state agencies to ensure that the foam insulation in people's homes is both energy efficient and safe to install.
  • DTSC will broadcast the April 17, 2015 quarterly public meeting online. If you can't attend the meeting, you can to submit questions via email and Twitter.
  • DTSC's final public workshop on the draft SEPs Policy is set for April 17 in Monterey.

April 9, 2015

  • A Santa Clara precious metal and electronic waste recycler, ECS Refining, will pay DTSC a $220,000 fine for alleged hazardous waste violations.
  • DTSC will broadcast the April 17, 2015 quarterly public meeting online. If you can't attend the meeting, you can to submit questions via email and Twitter.

April 2, 2015

  • DTSC's Emergency Response team helps clean up hazardous waste at the site of the Round Fire in Mono County.
  • A Rancho Cucamonga company paid DTSC a $6,800 fine to settle allegations for violations for mismanagement of E-Waste. Vintage Tech Recyclers LLC agreed to pay the penalty for allegations that it disposed of cathode ray tube glass and printed circuit boards into trash containers.
  • DTSC is hosting a community meeting April 9 to share information about the safe closure of Exide Technologies and cleanup of surrounding communities. For more information, click here.
  • DTSC's  Quarterly Public Meeting will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Hearing Room at the Cal/EPA building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA Second Floor.


March 26, 2015

  • DTSC announced that Schaffer Grinding Company will pay DTSC a $160,000 penalty to settle allegations that it violated hazardous waste laws, including illegal exportation of hazardous waste.
  • PG&E will begin removal of polluted soil in April from Shell Pond in Suisun Bay under DTSC's guidance.

March 12, 2015

  • DTSC announced today an order to close the Exide facility in Vernon and the steps required to protect the community with an enhanced cleanup.
  • A fourth date was added to the draft SEPs Policy public workshop on April 9 in Brawley. Get details here on all four dates.
  • DTSC's survey on the Voluntary Cleanup Program ends March 13, please take the  short survey and give us your feedback.

March 5, 2015

  • DTSC cited the Gallo Glass Company this week for allegedly using hazardous waste in the production of glass wine bottles at its plant in Modesto. DTSC received extensive coverage in more than 50 publications. See coverage from Capital Public Radio and Wine Spectator.
  • DTSC is adopting a Supplemental Environmental Project (SEPs) Policy and will hold three public workshops in March on its draft SEPs Policy. The SEPs Policy is part of DTSC's commitment to environmental justice in California's most impacted and vulnerable communities.


February 26, 2015

  • The owner of Electro-Forming, a Richmond metal plating business with a history of alleged hazardous waste violations, pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Read coverage from the Patch and the Contra Costa Times.
  • DTSC says the former Cal Compact Landfill site in the city of Carson is ready for construction of a possible NFL stadium for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
  • DTSC's Meredith Williams, Deputy Director for Safer Products and Workplaces Program, was a keynote speaker this week at the Global Supply Chain Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Williams spoke about the relationship between regulation and safer chemicals in the marketplace
  • DTSC's Quarterly Public Meeting will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Hearing Room at the Cal/EPA building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA Second Floor. Details and an agenda will be available shortly.

February 19, 2015

  • DTSC is helping bring prosperity and business to the Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville by overseeing the removal of soil at a proposed hotel site.
  • DTSC is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Voluntary Cleanup Program and would like to receive your feedback to identify opportunities for program improvements. Please take this short survey.

February 12, 2015

  • Former DTSC Director, Debbie Raphael, authored a piece in the Huffington Post blog explaining how  DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Program is changing the way manufacturers design and produce consumer products in an effort to reduce harmful chemicals in those products. Raphael is currently the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
  • The Valley Latino Environmental Project (LEAP) launched the community-friendly environmental reporting system, IVAN, on February 11. The IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) system is a tool for reporting environmental hazards using a computer or smart phone. DTSC Director Barbara Lee praised the deployment of the system and its ability to connect community residents with government agencies in a collaborative effort to protect human health and the environment.
  • Learn how DTSC is helping lay the foundation for a unique school in Visalia which is helping students further their education.

February 5, 2015

  • A group of former customers will take over the groundwater investigation at the BKK Landfills Facility according to a settlement agreement with DTSC.
  • Downtown Los Angeles businesses were fined by DTSC for selling tainted jewelry.


January 29, 2015

  • DTSC takes action against retailers selling tainted jewelry resulting in more than $200,000 in fines.
  • Get the most recent update on the progress of the residential cleanup near the Exide facility in Vernon.

January 22, 2015

  • Meredith Williams, Deputy Director for Safer Products and Workplaces Program, along with US EPA officials, the auto industry and the Environmental Council of States signed an agreement to reduce copper and other metals in brake pads. DTSC drafted regulations in support of the 2010 Brake Pad Friction Material Law. Read more from The Detroit News.
  • Learn how you can protect the environment by recycling your old phones, tablets, TV or computers. Watch DTSC's video on E-Waste recycling and learn where to recycle old electronic devices. The video is also available in Spanish.

January 15, 2015

  • If you missed last month's DTSC quarterly public meeting, you can watch it here.

January 8, 2015

  • DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigation was instrumental in the investigation in two-high profile retail chains. The penalties for environmental violations totaled more than $12 million in settlements. Safeway stores were fined $9.87 million. 99 Cents Only stores were fined $2.86 million. Read coverage in The Sacramento Bee.
  • A new study of the San Francisco Bay shows a decline of flame retardants chemicals known as PBDEs. DTSC's Myrto Petreas led the research 15 years ago that discovered high concentration of PBDEs in women in the Bay Area.


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.

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