DTSC News Feed January 2015

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).

 

January 29, 2015

  • DTSC takes action against retailers selling tainted jewelry resulting in more than $200,000 in fines.
  • Get the most recent update on the progress of the residential cleanup near the Exide facility in Vernon.

January 22, 2015

  • Meredith Williams, Deputy Director for Safer Products and Workplaces Program, along with US EPA officials, the auto industry and the Environmental Council of States signed an agreement to reduce copper and other metals in brake pads. DTSC drafted regulations in support of the 2010 Brake Pad Friction Material Law. Read more from The Detroit News.
  • Learn how you can protect the environment by recycling your old phones, tablets, TV or computers. Watch DTSC's video on E-Waste recycling and learn where to recycle old electronic devices. The video is also available in Spanish.

January 15, 2015

  • If you missed last month's DTSC quarterly public meeting, you can watch it here.

January 8, 2015

  • DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigation was instrumental in the investigation in two-high profile retail chains. The penalties for environmental violations totaled more than $12 million in settlements. Safeway stores were fined $9.87 million. 99 Cents Only stores were fined $2.86 million. Read coverage in The Sacramento Bee.
  • A new study of the San Francisco Bay shows a decline of flame retardants chemicals known as PBDEs. DTSC's Myrto Petreas led the research 15 years ago that discovered high concentration of PBDEs in women in the Bay Area.

 
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