DTSC News Feed October 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).


OCTOBER 31, 2013

  • Consumers are forcing companies to adopt safer consumer products.The San Francisco Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer have  more.
  • DTSC wanted to send a signal to the marketplace when it released a list of “candidate chemicals” as part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation.  The message appears to be getting through.
  • Housing construction is on the rebound thanks in part to DTSC signing off on an Oroville project and overseeing cleanups of new subdivisions.
  • DTSC inspection leads to $207,000 judgment for hazardous waste violations. The Stockton Record has more.


OCTOBER 24, 2013

  • DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation is called “the new global standard.”
  • Dormant housing projects are coming back to life – and DTSC is helping.
  • California and other states are taking the lead in protecting the public from toxic chemicals
  • About 45 community members learned about cleanup efforts at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley during an open house hosted Tuesday by DTSC. Visit the SSFL page on DTSC’s website for the latest on the cleanup.


OCTOBER 17, 2013

  • DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products‘ initiative is at the vanguard of change. Firs tWal-Mart announced plans to reduce toxic chemicals, and now Target  is on board.
  • An international audience of more than 500 listeners tuned into a Chemical Watch webinar this week about the Safer Consumer Products Regulations and how companies in the US and beyond can prepare for them. Karl Palmer, chief of the Toxics in Products Branch, represented DTSC.
  • Coverage of the Safer Consumer Products regulations and their national relevance continues……in Bloomberg News and in The Sacramento Bee.
  • DTSC hosts seminar for delegation of Chinese visitors from Huizhou City.


OCTOBER 10, 2013

  • DTSC Emergency Response unit keeps things from getting explosive when fireworks are transported.
  • DTSC gives communities $325,000 for redevelopment and re-use projects, including this one in Alameda.
  • See video of the launch event for DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation.


OCTOBER 03, 2013

  • DTSC’s landmark Safer Consumer Products regulation earned high-profile slots on The Sacramento Bee’s opinion pages in recent days: a Viewpoint column by Director Debbie Raphael on Oct. 1 and Senior Editor Dan Morain’s insightful reaction a day later to critics of the program .
  • As California forges ahead and takes a lead on Safer Consumer Products, DTSC takes to the radio waves to promote the ambitious initiative.
  • DTSC’s Emergency Response contractors went into action Wednesday after members of a law enforcement task force raided a methamphetamine operation in a new Fresno subdivision.  Cleanup crews removed 35 to 40 gallons of liquid meth, about 10 gallons of presumed solvent and containers of residual meth. The cleanup costs totaled about $2,500. The Fresno Bee has more.
  • Dozens of homes, many of them affordable could sprout in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco. DTSC played a crucial role in cleaning up a portion of the revitalized shipyard before it was transferred to the city years ago.

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