DTSC: Who We Are and What We Do

DTSC's Mission Statement and Strategic Plan

The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.

Our Vision

Californians enjoy a clean and healthy environment, and as a result of our efforts:

  • Communities are confident that we protect them from toxic harm
  • Businesses are confident that we engage them with consistency and integrity
  • Consumers are confident that we stimulate innovation in the development of safer products


Who is the Department of Toxic Substances Control?

  • Nearly 950 scientists, engineers, toxicologists, chemists, geologists, attorneys, criminal investigators, and administrative staff;
  • Eight offices – Sacramento (2 offices, Headquarters and a field office), Berkeley, Clovis, Cypress, Chatsworth, El Centro, and San Diego;
  • Two Environmental Chemistry Laboratories located in Berkeley and Los Angeles.
  • $195.3 million proposed operating budget for Fiscal Year 2014-15; and
  • Revenue sources – Special taxes and fees, federal grants, California's General Fund, fines and penalties, and reimbursements from responsible parties.