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2006 Restoring Communities and Protecting California: DTSC Successes
Military Base Cleanups
A quarter of all U.S. military bases shut down during base closings from 1988 through 1995 were in California. DTSC mobilized massive base cleanup efforts that have repositioned more than 70 percent of closed acreage for new uses.
Brownfields are contaminated industrial and manufacturing sites that require cleanups before being developed for new uses. DTSC has cleaned up thousands of acres of brownfields to create new housing, offices, stores and jobs.
When school districts use state construction funds to expand or build new school campuses, DTSC inspects the sites and rids them of any contaminants that may exist. Since 2000 DTSC has ensured the environmental safety of 500,000 students at these sites.
DTSC is often among the first responders to emergency situations, such as floods, spills and accidents that involve toxic and hazardous materials.