DTSC Concentrates On Cost Recovery Backlog
The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) released a status report today (May 30, 2013) on its efforts to address financial risk facing the Department. The Financial Integrity and State Managers’ Accountability (FISMA) report summarizes the work DTSC has done over the past two years to address the backlog of costs in its cost recovery program that developed over the past 26 years.
DTSC spends millions of dollars each year to clean up sites contaminated by hazardous substances, ranging from former military bases to landfill operations to “mom-and-pop” dry cleaners. The Department is obligated to recover those costs when it can identify a responsible party with the means to pay.
However, during the past 26 years, DTSC has not taken all of the steps needed to resolve about $184.5 million in costs that the Department incurred cleaning up contaminated sites. Following is a Q&A about DTSC’s cost recovery backlog and what Director Debbie Raphael is doing to address it. READ MORE