DTSC News Feed August 2013

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 29, 2013

  • Sampling of dust for toxic chemicals begins near Exide plant in Vernon. Here’s the Los Angeles Times story.
  • Milestone: Office of Administrative Law approves Safer Consumer Products regulations – paving the way for implementation.
  • More than 40 young people from an environmentally burdened stretch of Los Angeles County learned about effects of toxic contaminants in their neighborhoods at a conference in Boyle Heights.

August 22, 2013

  • A Riverside County engine retrofitting company agreed to pay $45,000 for illegally dumping contaminated dust into dumpsters. Here’s a Riverside Press-Enterprise account.
  • A trade publication reports the case of a business that allegedly disposed of hazardous waste improperly. Criminal investigators from DTSC discovered the alleged violations that resulted in a civil complaint.

August 20, 2013

  • DTSC receives one of five US EPA environmental justice grants in the country and uses it to help communities along the Highway 710 corridor.

August 15, 2013

  • DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation cited as one way to guarantee greater chemical security.
  • DTSC files civil action after business allegedly dumps hazardous waste in a street and on neighbor’s property
  • Wiseburn school district, DTSC and the “wow” factor.  
  • Director Debbie Raphael is quoted in a post about chemical reform.
  • Video: A Fresno-area plating firm switches to a less toxic form of chrome in its manufacturing process.

August 8, 2013

  • DTSC sets the record straight about allegations that it allowed improper disposal of radioactively contaminated waste from Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
  • “Hands off!” is the message from The Sacramento Bee editorial board to out-of-state lawmakers who want to weaken California’s toxic chemical regulations.
  • Work begins on a three-month project to clean up a one-time wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay area.
  • Green & clean: A look  at DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation

August 1, 2013

  • Director Debbie Raphael warns of impact of proposed federal toxics law on California's efforts to protect consumers from toxic materials. Nine attorneys general raise similar opposition to federal override of chemical safety.
  • DTSC approves cleanup plan for Chatsworth Park.
  • More than 40 people attended a community open house Thursday in Kettleman city to discuss DTSC's proposed approval of a hazardous waste landfill. A community drop-in session is scheduled for today.
  • VIDEO: The dirt on dry cleaning solvents.

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