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DTSC News Feed February 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).


February 26, 2015

  • The owner of Electro-Forming, a Richmond metal plating business with a history of alleged hazardous waste violations, pleaded guilty to criminal charges. Read coverage from the Patch and the Contra Costa Times.
  • DTSC says the former Cal Compact Landfill site in the city of Carson is ready for construction of a possible NFL stadium for the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers.
  • DTSC's Meredith Williams, Deputy Director for Safer Products and Workplaces Program, was a keynote speaker this week at the Global Supply Chain Summit in Brussels, Belgium. Williams spoke about the relationship between regulation and safer chemicals in the marketplace
  • DTSC's Quarterly Public Meeting will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 9 a.m. in the Coastal Hearing Room at the Cal/EPA building, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA Second Floor. Details and an agenda will be available shortly.

February 19, 2015

  • DTSC is helping bring prosperity and business to the Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville by overseeing the removal of soil at a proposed hotel site.
  • DTSC is currently evaluating the effectiveness of the Voluntary Cleanup Program and would like to receive your feedback to identify opportunities for program improvements. Please take this short survey.

February 12, 2015

  • Former DTSC Director, Debbie Raphael, authored a piece in the Huffington Post blog explaining how  DTSC's Safer Consumer Products Program is changing the way manufacturers design and produce consumer products in an effort to reduce harmful chemicals in those products. Raphael is currently the Director of the San Francisco Department of the Environment.
  • The Valley Latino Environmental Project (LEAP) launched the community-friendly environmental reporting system, IVAN, on February 11. The IVAN (Identifying Violations Affecting Neighborhoods) system is a tool for reporting environmental hazards using a computer or smart phone. DTSC Director Barbara Lee praised the deployment of the system and its ability to connect community residents with government agencies in a collaborative effort to protect human health and the environment.
  • Learn how DTSC is helping lay the foundation for a unique school in Visalia which is helping students further their education.

February 5, 2015

  • A group of former customers will take over the groundwater investigation at the BKK Landfills Facility according to a settlement agreement with DTSC.
  • Downtown Los Angeles businesses were fined by DTSC for selling tainted jewelry.

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