DTSC News Feed May 2016

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).

 

May 31, 2016

  • DTSC is holding a free webinar on June 15 to discuss how to access funding for brownfields and environmentally impacted properties in your community. To sign up for the webinar, click here.
  • Watch DTSC's video from a recent visit to Coyote Ridge in Santa Clara County where 1,800 acres of land will be used as a preserve for wildlife and endangered species. DTSC helped transfer the land to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.
  • DTSC is now on Flickr. Make sure to follow here!

May 24, 2016

  • Recent confirmation testing ordered by DTSC at Irvine Unified School District's future Portola High School has determined the site poses no risk to those wo will study or work there.
  • More than 1,000 residential properties have been sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

May 17, 2016

  • An environmental club was created after a DTSC scientist mentored students at Southwest High School in El Centro.
  • DTSC helped in the investigation of a Santa Fe Springs man who recently pleaded guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of soap into the San Gabriel River.
  • DTSC helped remove mercury after a mysterious spill was found in a neighborhood in Livermore.
  • DTSC has collected more than 2,300 access agreements from residents near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

May 10, 2016

  • A new DTSC Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) policy encourages companies and individuals who settle hazardous waste cases to fund projects that benefit California communities most burdened by environmental harm. You can view the policy here.
  • Governor Brown appointed Zolaikha Taghvaei Bayar to be DTSC's assistant deputy director of the Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program.

May 2, 2016

  • Read the recent EGP News story quoting DTSC Assistant Director for Environmental Justice, Ana Mascareñas, discussing how DTSC plans to roll out a job and development training program for east and southeast Los Angeles County residents. The program will train residents how to test for environmental damages like those in their own backyard.
  • Coverage continues on the Argonaut Mine after US EPA proposed the site to the Superfund National Priority List. See stories from KCRA and the Sacramento Bee.
  • DTSC will begin testing soil in areas of Hacienda Heights surrounding the Quemetco battery recycling plant in the City of Industry.
  • More than 200 residential properties have been cleaned and more than 800 sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

 
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