DTSC News Feed

 

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).

2018

 

June 14, 2018

  • The "Most Innovative Team" at RevTechX, a conference that drew together dozens of state and local boards, departments and offices as well as high-tech vendors, went to DTSC. To find out about some of the recent technological advances, and how they are used to protect the people and environment of California, read the success story.
  • A project to retrofit the dilapidated Argonaut Mine Dam is underway, the latest phase in the Department of Toxic Substances Control's plan to protect the Jackson community from contamination resulting from past operation of the historical mining site. A press release was issued June 5.
  • The Department of Toxic Substances Control is preparing for two upcoming workshops to discuss a proposed framework for a program to investigate and clean up properties potentially contaminated by operations of lead-acid battery recycling facilities throughout California. In Spanish.

 

May 24, 2018

  • DTSC presented a report to the state Legislature on its Lead-Acid Battery Cleanup Fund Program. The program will identify sites where pollution from recycling or storage of lead-acid batteries has affected surrounding areas. The report details how DTSC will clean up lead contamination from these operations.
  • Knowledge is power, and DTSC's EnviroStor helps empower communities, businesses, and consumers with knowledge they can use to keep informed about hazardous waste issues affecting them. That builds confidence in DTSC's commitment to protect California's people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances. Here's how to access EnviroStor.
  • DTSC was among the agencies who cleared hazards from the Southern California fires last fall. The final debris cleanup was just announced. Here is a story that shows the collaboration between DTSC and other state agencies to help people recover from the devastation.

May 10, 2018

  • DTSC has released guidelines for local jurisdictions in California to offer a voluntary a Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program. The goal of the program is to optimize the safety of workers, who often toil long hours and can be exposed to nail products that may contain toxic chemicals. Here is a link to the Healthy Nail Salon Recognition Program.
  • Two women at DTSC have received national recognition for their work in environmental health. DTSC Assistant Director for Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs Ana Mascareñas and Senior Environmental Scientist Simona Bălan are among 20 Pioneers under 40 in Public Health are being honored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment..
  • A grant from DTSC's Site Mitigation and Restoration Program has helped a community turn a former nursery into a nursery school for its children..

May 3, 2018

  • DTSC announced that contractor NEC Inc. will accelerate its cleanup of lead-contaminated properties in the area surrounding the now-closed Exide Technologies battery recycling facility in Vernon. DTSC is preparing to award a larger cleanup contract for the area. National Engineering and Consulting Group Inc. (NEC) is already conducting targeted cleanups of properties with the highest lead levels and greatest risk of exposure to sensitive populations.
  • An early Earth Day celebration brought lots of children to the CalEPA building on Wednesday, April 18, where DTSC joined CalEPA with displays about the cool science involved with keeping Californians, and the state's environment, safe. Here's a video on Facebook and on Twitter on how DTSC tests jewelry for lead and other toxins.
  • DTSC teamed with the Attorney General's Office in an investigation of a Los Angeles-based jewelry distributor that had been selling lead- and cadmium-tainted jewelry, saying it was safe. Luxy Accessory Inc. was fined $1.6 million for repeatedly selling the tainted jewelry, some of it intended for use by children.

 

April 5, 2018

  • The California Department of Toxic Substances Control's Safer Consumer Products (SCP) Program held an Alternatives Analysis Webinar last month, the first of a series of webinars aimed at expanding the toolkit available to responsible entities when conducting Alternatives Analysis. The Alternatives Analysis is required if a product is determined to be a Priority Product. The presentation provided an example of how expert practitioners have conducted analyses monetizing chemical impacts to human health. Dr. Ali Kamal of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) presented an example of monetizing the health impacts of select air pollutants. Look for more webinars to aid manufacturers of Priority Products conduct Alternatives Analyses.
  • DTSC has a new special assistant for program review. Christie Bautista, who has served as a senior environmental scientist supervisor since 2013 and an environmental scientist from 2006-2013, will assist the department with performance management and program review, which includes strategic planning. She was appointed March 26 by Gov. Jerry Brown.
  • A DTSC enforcement action has led to two Supplemental Environmental Projects in San Diego County, one of which will help homes near shipbuilding sites get lead assessment and remediation.

 

March 22, 2018

  • Attention unlicensed vehicle dismantlers: DTSC is part of an interagency strike team mobilizing to take you down. A success story chronicles these efforts. A web page explains DTSC's role in this effort to protect the people and environment of California.
  • DTSC is among the state agencies working on a collaborative youth engagement program with students of the Brawley Union High School District. Together with local teacher Jose Flores, staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control, CalRecycle, California Air Resources Board (CARB), and CalEPA provided an adventure weekend for the students last month that promoted environmental education and professional development by connecting students with local leaders and government staff. Students also learned about DTSC's Site Mitigation and Restoration program. Read more here.
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Program held a public workshop on the Draft 2018-2020 priority Product Work Plan on Feb. 26. If you missed it, view it here.
  • Come join DTSC for its first quarterly meeting of 2018 from 9 a.m. to noon March 29 in the Sierra Room in the Cal EPA Building, 1001 I St., Sacramento. The public is invited to make comments after each agenda item. It will also be webcast and public comments will be accepted via email at dtscpublicmeeting@dtsc.ca.gov. Register here.Español.


March 8, 2018

  • The Torrance Refining Co. was ordered to remove or recycle large amounts of hazardous waste the company illegally stored in bins by DTSC, which issued a press release on the enforcement action. Some media coverage appeared in the Torrance Daily Breeze.
  • DTSC made available interactive maps and data tables showing the relative lead levels in sampled parcels within 1.7 miles of the former Exide, Inc., battery recycling facility in Vernon. A press release explained how DTSC is working to clean up thousands of properties contaminated with lead from the Exide facility and led people to the maps and tables, where they will see how to understand the data.
  • The Green Ribbon Science Panel, which advises DTSC's Safer Consumer Projects Program, recently wrapped up two days of meetings. View the Feb. 12-13 meetings on You Tube. Day 1. Day 2.
  • DTSC is among the state agencies working on a collaborative youth engagement program with students of the Brawley Union High School District. Together with local teacher Jose Flores, staff at the Department of Toxic Substances Control, CalRecycle, California Air Resources Board (CARB), and CalEPA provided an adventure weekend for the students last month that promoted environmental education and professional development by connecting students with local leaders and government staff. Students also learned about DTSC's Site Mitigation and Restoration program.


March 1, 2018

  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Program held a workshop Feb. 26 to hear public comment on the Draft 2018-2020 Priority Product Work Plan. A final work plan is expected to be released in the spring.
  • DTSC announced arrests of four former employees and one current employee of the Panoche Water District in Firebaugh after a year-long investigation. The five individuals were charged in a felony complaint that included unlawful disposal and transportation of hazardous waste, embezzlement and conspiracy to misappropriate public funds. Several news outlets ran stories on the investigation, including Capital Public Radio and the Los Angeles Times.
  • 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. To sign up for the webinar, click here.

 

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.

 

2017

October 26, 2017


 

September 28, 2017



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 Los Angeles 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.
  • DTSC has collected more than 8,400 access agreements from residents near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.

 

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.
  • The Los Angeles City Attorney filed criminal charges against a Sun Valley scrap metal recycler for alleged hazardous waste violations as part of a DTSC investigation. Read coverage from the Los Angeles Daily News.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 8,200 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.
  • DTSC is accepting applications for the I-710 Corridor Brownfields Assessment grant from U.S. EPA. The grant is for properties along the I-710 Corridor that are underutilized, but can be redeveloped.


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.
  • DTSC filed a complaint against a metal recycler facility in Fontana for hazardous waste law violations.
  • The comment period for DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program to list Spray Polyurethane Foam Systems as a Priority Product ends on June 6. Read more from Chemical Watch.

 

April 27, 2017



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.
  • DTSC's Environmental Chemistry Lab was part of the recent research study on the levels of flame retardant rise in women. Read coverage in Newsweek.
  • 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.
  • DTSC will begin testing homes near the Riverside Ag Park Site.


March 9, 2017

  • Gallo Glass recently agreed to pay DTSC $2 million for hazardous waste laws violations from 2015.
  • 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.

 

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