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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).

 

February 15, 2018

  • The Department of Toxic Substances Control has removed household hazardous waste from 802 properties devastated in the October 2017 Northern California wildfires, allowing residents to return home to rebuild their lives. Emergency Response Program crews provide a crucial first step in such disasters to make the areas safe once again. Read our Success Story for more on what we've done.
  • DTSC's Green Ribbon Science Panel on Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, concluded two days of public hearings on the Safer Consumer Products program's Draft Three Year Priority Product Work Plan for 2018-2020. DTSC will hold a public workshop on the work plan from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 26, 2018, in the Sierra Room in the CalEPA Building, 1001 I St., Sacramento. Public comments are being accepted through March 9, 2018.

 

February 1, 2018

  • Please join us for a public meeting 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 8, 2018, in the Del Rio Branch Library Community Room, 1501 I St. in Brawley to discuss the draft remedial action plan involving the 11.66 acres of land formerly occupied by PureGro now owned by Chevron. View the latest update here.
  • DTSC has completed an extensive analysis of metal shredding facilities, and their processes, wastes, and potential impacts on human health and the environment. DTSC will be accepting comments on the draft report through February 28, 2018. See the draft report here. Email comments to: mswstakeholders@dtsc.ca.gov.
  • Consider joining us for the upcoming public meeting of the Green Ribbon Science Panel from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13, 2018, in Sacramento, California. The public is invited to attend in the Klamath Room on the second floor of the Cal EPA Building, 1001 I St., Sacramento, to address the panel on agenda items. View the agenda and information about the Green Ribbon Science Panel.
  • The DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Program is holding an SCP Alternatives Analysis Webinar on March 5, 2018. This will be the first of a series of webinars aimed at expanding the toolkit available to responsible entities when conducting Alternatives Analysis. The goal of this presentation is to provide an example of how expert practitioners have conducted analyses monetizing chemical impacts to human health. In this webinar, Dr. Ali Kamal of US Environmental Protection Agency will present an example of monetizing the health impacts of select air pollutants.

 

January 25, 2018

  • DTSC Emergency Response Teams have been in Ventura County to help clean up household hazardous waste after the Thomas Fire damaged and destroyed homes and properties. DTSC offers real-time data of when it completes work at each parcel impacted by the fire.
  • Just months after helping Northern California communities recover from wildfires, DTSC Emergency Response Team crews are in Southern California removing household hazardous waste left behind in Thomas Fire Check out this video of crews at work.
  • A reader of the VC Star newspaper noticed the work by DTSC crews cleaning up after the Thomas Fire and wrote to thank DTSC for keeping Californians safe.
  • Nabil Yacoub, a senior environmental scientist, spoke Jan. 24, 2018, at the California Resource Management Association's first dinner meeting of the year. Yacoub is an expert in hazardous waste management. DTSC wants to help people properly handle and dispose of household hazardous waste.
  • A DTSC investigation found a jewelry distributor was selling jewelry, some of it for children, tainted with lead and cadmium. DTSC had filed a civil complaint filed by the Attorney General's office. Because of this investigation, the tainted jewelry was confiscated and kept out of the hands of Californians.

 

October 26, 2017


 

September 28, 2017

  • ″Governor Brown has appointed Suhasini Patel to the position of Assistant Deputy Director of DTSC's Cleanup Program> http://bit.ly/2xG5bxx
  • DTSC is pleased to announce a new and improved EnviroStor website to be launched on September 29 - http://www.envirostor.dtsc.ca.gov/public/
  • Congratulations to DTSC's Ana Mascarenas, Assistant Director for Environmental Justice and Simona Balan, Senior Environmental Scientist with the Safer Consumer Products program, for being named to a list ofpioneers in environmental public health 20 Pioneers Under 40 in Environmental Public Health

 

September 7, 2017

  • DTSC has released the Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) and the Draft Program Management Plan (PMP) for soil and groundwater cleanup at the Santa Susana Field Lab (SSFL).
  • DTSC is developing workshops and training opportunities on alternatives assessment under the Safer Consumer Products (SCP) program. A survey, collecting data identifying interested stakeholders and the topics they would like to see addressed is on the DTSC website.
  • Join us Sept. 9 from 1 to 4pm at the Robert Stevenson Branch Library in LosAngeles if you have questions on Exide soil sample results.

 

August 17, 2017

  • DTSC is assisting local officials in the cleanup process for a fire that damaged more than 60 homes in Mariposa County.
  • A collaboration between DTSC and Yolo County has resulted in a settlement for illegal management and disposal of hazardous waste at landfills and an agricultural field, as well as false representations of the waste.

 

August 10, 2017

  • Ten acres of formerly polluted land in Rancho Cordova could be the Sacramento region’s newest soccer complex, courtesy of a DTSC project.
  • DTSC’s Permitting Division recognized Project Manager Superstars for the fiscal year 2016-2017 on August 2. Award recipients, included those who issued permit decisions & completed 5-yr reviews of closure & post-closure cost estimates, among others.

 

AUGUST 4, 2017

  • DTSC is involved in the monitoring and clean-up process for a number of fire incidents in the state, including the Detwiler and Wall fire.
  • A DTSC complaint alleges that San Francisco-based Fireclay unlawfully generated, stored, treated and disposed of hazardous waste at its facility in Aromas (San Benito County).
  • Superfund cuts would lead to delays in toxic cleanups, experts warn https://usat.ly/2f7WzbW

 

JUNE 16, 2017

  • DTSC recently released the first version of its Safer Consumer Products program's Alternatives Analysis Guide, which was developed to help manufacturers identify safer alternatives to hazardous ingredients in certain consumer products.
  • A brownfields grant by DTSC helped build a communal garden in South Central Los Angeles.

 

MAY 26, 2017

  • DTSC is currently taking applications for the Clean Loans program that provides financing for brownfields through simple interest loans at below market rates.
  • Ground recently broke on the Miraflores Senior Apartment project, which was a former flower nurseries site in Richmond. DTSC supervised the cleanup of a 14-acre piece of land.
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MAY 19, 2017

  • DTSC is overseeing the cleanup of a piece of land in South San Francisco that will be used for a single multi-family housing project.
  • DTSC is accepting applications for its Targeted Site Investigation program to perform environmental assessments for redevelopment, re-use and revitalizations of brownfields properties by local agencies, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.
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MAY 12, 2017

  • DTSC's metal recycling initiative found hazardous waste violations at 40 of 42 metal recycling companies, most in environmentally burdened communities.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 8,200 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.

MAY 4, 2017

  • DTSC was part of an investigation with the Yolo County District Attorney that resulted in a $4.22 million fine against Woodland Biomass Power for hazardous waste violations. Read more in The Sacramento Bee.
  • DTSC announced a $2 million settlement with the current and previous owners of the Chicago Musical Instruments site in Fullerton to help remediate a groundwater plume in Southern California.

 

April 27, 2017

  • DTSC ordered the owners and operators of a former electroplating shop in Oakland to remove hazardous waste left behind.
  • DTSC has received more than 8,400 access agreements from residents living near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.

April 6, 2017

  • Yuba River Charter School broke ground on the new campus at the former Grass Valley burn dump, a brownfields site. The school received a $600,000 grant from U.S. EPA to help pay for cleaning up the former municipal garbage site, which DTSC supervised.
  • DTSC will host two public meetings for the Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative on April 19 and 20 in Oakland. For more information, click here.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 7,200 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

March 30, 2017

  • DTSC is helping clean up vacant parcels at San Jose's Santana Row.
  • The Argonaut Dam in the City of Jackson has worked effectively during this heavy winter season. In 2015, DTSC installed a storm water diversion system to reduce pressure in the rain-soaked soil and mine tailings behind the 100-year-old dam.

March 24, 2017

  • DTSC is hosting a Cumulative Impacts symposium in an effort to guide SB 673 implementation process. It takes place on March 27 at the CalEPA Headquarters building in Sacramento.
  • PG&E continues the environmental cleanup at a former gas plant in Red Bluff. DTSC is supervising the project and coordinating with the Bureau of Reclamation, Caltrans, Red Bluff and Tehama County.
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March 16, 2017

  • DTSC and U.S Environmental Protection Agency officials were on site earlier this week to remove a mercury spill in Antioch. See coverage from NBC Bay Area.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 6,800 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

March 9, 2017

  • DTSC is seeking public comments on a proposed soil sampling plan near the Riverside Ag Park site.
  • DTSC recently held a public workshop on the potential health and safety impacts of chemicals in nail salon products. See coverage from CBS Los Angeles.
  • DTSC will supervise the cleanup of the 42-acre riverfront parcel known as the 'crown jewel' of the Los Angeles River as part of the revitalization plan after the City of Los Angeles purchased the land.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 6,700 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

 

January 13, 2017

  • DTSC released guidelines for expedited actions, including cleanups, to prevent exposure to lead in soil at properties around the closed Exide facility in Vernon. View the Time Critical Removal Action guidance document here.
  • DTSC will hold the next Exide Advisory Group meeting and public meeting on the Exide residential Draft Cleanup Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report on Jan. 20 at the Maywood City Council Chambers. For more details, click here.
  • DTSC is part of a new regulation that is encouraging cities and counties to create healthy nail salon programs.
  • DTSC is supervising the cleanup that began this week at a former gas plant along the Sacramento River in Red Bluff.

January 6, 2017

  • California has new regulations for brake pads sold that will help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals released from brakes into California's waterways and help comply with the federal Clean Water Act.
  • DTSC will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the Exide residential Draft Cleanup Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report on Jan. 11 in East Los Angeles. For more information, click here.
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program will hold a workshop on the use of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in carpets, rugs, indoor upholstered furniture, and their care and treatment products on Jan. 31 in Sacramento. For details, click here. 

 

December 22, 2016

  • DTSC has sampled more 5,800 than residential properties near the closed Exide Facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

December 9, 2016

  • DTSC released the Final Exide Closure Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Report for the closure of the former Exide facility in Vernon. You can view the documents here.
  • DTSC is holding a workshop on Dec. 12 in Sacramento to discuss the toxicity criteria required when establishing human health risk-based screening levels, action levels and remediation goals. You can find more details here.
  • The next DTSC Exide Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Ruben Salazar Park in Los Angeles.

December 1, 2016

  • DTSC will hold a webinar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 7 to receive comments to help improve EnviroStor.
  • DTSC's next Independent Review Panel meeting is set for December 9 in Berkeley. For more details, see agenda.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 4,800 residential properties near the closed Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

November 18, 2016

  • Governor Brown announced the appointment of Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza as DTSC's deputy director of public participation.
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program held a webinar earlier this week to engage stakeholders in the process of selecting the next Priority Products.
  • The city of Alameda will get a new park thanks in part to DTSC.

 

October 28, 2016

  • DTSC, CalEPA and OEHHA are co-sponsoring the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry forum on alternatives for bisphenol A (BPA) scheduled for Nov. 4.
  • U.S. EPA began the $3 million cleanup of the Maywood magnesium fire. DTSC is involved in investigating the fire along with the Los Angeles County Fire.
  • DTSC and CalRecycle began the removal of toxic materials from properties destroyed in the Clayton fire in Lake County.
  • The cleanup at the Lang Station near Santa Clarita Valley is almost complete. DTSC has been supervising the cleanup.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 4,000 residential properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

October 7, 2016

  • DTSC's Emergency Response staff began assessing and removing hazardous materials from properties destroyed from the Clayton Fire in Lake County.
  • DTSC recently announced the creation of the new program focused on promoting principles of environmental justice throughout the department's work and engaging tribal governments and communities. Learn more about the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs here.
  • U.S. EPA will oversee a $4 million groundwater study in northern Orange County water basin. EPA is working with DTSC to clean up soil and groundwater at a number of facilities believed to have contributed to the regional contamination.
  • DTSC is seeking feedback on the next Priority Product potential candidates for the Safer Consumer Product program. DTSC will hold a webinar on November 15 that will provide an overview on the progress selection. 

 

September 29, 2016

  • DTSC and CalRecycle will begin cleanup in Lower Lake after the devastating Clayton Fire.
  • DTSC is overseeing upcoming activities to safely and effectively destroy munitions at the former Whittaker-Bermite facility in Santa Clarita.
  • DTSC has collected more than 6,600 access agreements from residents near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

September 22, 2016

  • Governor Brown recently announced the appointment of Mohsen Nazemi as DTSC's deputy director for the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program.
  • DTSC and CalRecycle are helping cleanup and remove debris from the Clayton Fire in Lake County.

September 16, 2016

  • Governor Brown recently announced two appointments to DTSC's Executive Team. The Governor appointed Rosanna Westmoreland as DTSC's new deputy director of the Office of Communications and C. David Johnson Jr as DTSC's new legislative director.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 2,900 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here
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September 8, 2016

  • DTSC has sampled more than 2,800 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

August 25, 2016

  • The new $300 million Portola High School opened in Irvine this week. DTSC oversaw the cleanup of the 43-acre campus.
  • DTSC will oversee the remedial activities at the 108-acre industrial waterfront site, known as the East and West Mill sites, in Antioch. Commercial Development Company Inc. recently purchased the site and plans to redevelop it.

August 18, 2016

  • Thirty-one students graduated on Aug. 15 in Los Angeles after receiving training for DTSC's Workforce for Environmental Restoration in Communities (WERC) program. WERC was created to train under-employed residents who live in the communities impacted by the former Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. The training is in environmental sampling and assessment field work.
  • An additional group of thermostat manufactures agreed to join with other manufacturers in improving the collection methods of used mercury-containing thermostats.
  • DTSC has collected more than 5,400 access agreements from residents near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

August 11, 2016

  • DTSC and CalEPA announced a historic agreement with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice and El Pueblo/People for Clean Air &Water of Kettleman City to resolve a civil rights complaint over DTSC's 2014 decision to approve a permit to expand the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill. See coverage in the Fresno Bee.
  • DTSC's next Exide community meeting is scheduled for August 18 at the Maywood City Hall. For more information, click here.

August 5, 2016

  • A new high school is being built in Salinas on a former farmland where DTSC supervised the cleanup.
  • DTSC has collected more than 4,400 access agreements from residents near the former Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
  • Don't forget to follow us on Instagram on the CaliforniaEPA account!

 
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