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).
December 5, 2013
- Former Folsom company settles hazardous waste complaints.
- DTSC helps create jobs and clean up the environment in the heart of Silicon Valley
- Here is the agenda for DTSC’s first quarterly meeting on Dec. 16.
November 21, 2013
- How DTSC tracks hazardous waste: Director Debbie Raphael writes about how the system works and how it is improving.
- Speedway site approved for current use
- DTSC’s criminal investigators serve a search warrant on a Los Angeles metal recycling business
- DTSC’s gearing up for its first public meeting on Dec. 16. The agenda and other information are available online.
November 14, 2013
- DTSC persuades a judge to issue a temporary restraining order against a Richmond metal plating company that allegedly stored hazardous waste illegally. See coverage in the Los Angeles Times, Contra Costa Times, San Jose Mercury News and on NBC.
- Meredith Williams is appointed Deputy Director of DTSC’s Safer Products and Workplaces Program.
- A $60,000 grant from DTSC helped fund a work plan to guide development of Jean Sweeney Open Space Park in Alameda. The park plan is now available for review.
- Assemblyman V. Manuel Perez recently recognized DTSC’s Roger Vintze for his work with the Imperial County Certified Unified Program Agency, which has settled five environmental justice-related enforcement cases netting more than $100,000 in fines. Vintze is branch manager of the Imperial County CUPA. The fifth annual Imperial Valley Environmental Health Leadership Summit on Nov. 2 attracted more than 200 people and featured a presentation by DTSC’s Environmental Justice Coordinator Roger Kintz.
November 07, 2013
- Solar Decathlon shines the light on DTSC cleanup site.
- DTSC helped local officials in Siskiyou County obtain grants for economic development projects.
- DTSC oversees field testing at the Autumnwood housing tract in Wildomar. Follow it on Twitter.
- DTSC to hold first quarterly public meeting in December
To better inform stakeholders, DTSC will host quarterly public meetings, beginning Dec. 16 in the Byron Sher Auditorium of the Cal EPA building, 1001 I St., Sacramento, CA., 95812, from 8am to noon.
The meetings provide a forum for DTSC to showcase its programs and receive public input. Notices of the public meetings will be posted on the DTSC website and will be webcast.
The agenda for the first meeting includes presentations on the Department’s ongoing review and upgrade of its permitting process, its innovative Safer Consumer Products initiative and pertinent legislation.
October 31, 2013
- Consumers are forcing companies to adopt safer consumer products. The San Francisco Chronicle and Philadelphia Inquirer have more.
- DTSC wanted to send a signal to the marketplace when it released a list of “candidate chemicals” as part of its Safer Consumer Products Regulation. The message appears to be getting through.
- Housing construction is on the rebound thanks in part to DTSC signing off on an Oroville project and overseeing cleanups of new subdivisions.
- DTSC inspection leads to $207,000 judgment for hazardous waste violations. The Stockton Record has more.
October 24, 2013
- DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation is called “the new global standard.”
- Dormant housing projects are coming back to life – and DTSC is helping.
- California and other states are taking the lead in protecting the public from toxic chemicals
- About 45 community members learned about cleanup efforts at the Santa Susana Field Laboratory near Simi Valley during an open house hosted Tuesday by DTSC. Visit the SSFL page on DTSC’s website for the latest on the cleanup.
October 17, 2013
- DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products‘ initiative is at the vanguard of change. First Wal-Mart announced plans to reduce toxic chemicals, and now Target is on board.
- An international audience of more than 500 listeners tuned into a Chemical Watch webinar this week about the Safer Consumer Products Regulations and how companies in the US and beyond can prepare for them. Karl Palmer, chief of the Toxics in Products Branch, represented DTSC.
- Coverage of the Safer Consumer Products regulations and their national relevance continues……in Bloomberg News and in The Sacramento Bee.
- DTSC hosts seminar for delegation of Chinese visitors from Huizhou City.
October 10, 2013
- DTSC Emergency Response unit keeps things from getting explosive when fireworks are transported.
- DTSC gives communities $325,000 for redevelopment and re-use projects, including this one in Alameda.
- See video of the launch event for DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation.
October 03, 2013
- DTSC’s landmark Safer Consumer Products regulation earned high-profile slots on The Sacramento Bee’s opinion pages in recent days: a Viewpoint column by Director Debbie Raphael on Oct. 1 and Senior Editor Dan Morain’s insightful reaction a day later to critics of the program .
- As California forges ahead and takes a lead on Safer Consumer Products, DTSC takes to the radio waves to promote the ambitious initiative.
- DTSC’s Emergency Response contractors went into action Wednesday after members of a law enforcement task force raided a methamphetamine operation in a new Fresno subdivision. Cleanup crews removed 35 to 40 gallons of liquid meth, about 10 gallons of presumed solvent and containers of residual meth. The cleanup costs totaled about $2,500. The Fresno Bee has more.
- Dozens of homes, many of them affordable could sprout in the Hunter’s Point neighborhood of San Francisco. DTSC played a crucial role in cleaning up a portion of the revitalized shipyard before it was transferred to the city years ago.
September 26, 2013
- After five years of collaboration, DTSC’s ground-breaking Safer Consumer Product regulations go into effect October 1, and they’re getting a lot of attention. Read Director Debbie Raphael’s guest column in Chemical Watch. And check out stories in the Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, Examiner.com, JD Supra Law News and Mondaq. DTSC also created a video about Safer Consumer Products.
- Rite Aid Corporation has been ordered to pay more than $12.3 million because 600 California stores allegedly dumped hazardous waste in local landfills. DTSC’s Office of Criminal Investigations assisted in the case and the Department received $125,000 in civil penalties and $5,000 in reimbursements.
September 19, 2013
- On Sept. 18, DTSC hosted a public hearing on the Department’s draft decision to allow Chemical Waste Management to expand its hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman Hills. About 140 members of the public attended the hearing at Kettleman City Elementary school, and about 50 entered their comments into the public.
- Molasses, vegetable oils and even cheese whey can clean up contaminated groundwater.
- This Bay area dry cleaner found that going green saves some green.
September 12, 2013
- Agriculture Park in Riverside could sprout homes, thanks to a DTSC-supervised cleanup.
- Lloyd’s isn’t your normal tire shop.
- Chico city officials use a DTSC database to prioritize possible redevelopment sites.
September 5, 2013
- Water works: DTSC and injections of ozone clean up groundwater in Carson.
- Majority of former mill site in Fort Bragg is ready for reuse; DTSC closing in on final cleanup plan.
- View the Orange County Register story on proposed plans to clean up the Ascon landfill in Huntington Beach.
August 29, 2013
- Sampling of dust for toxic chemicals begins near Exide plant in Vernon. Here’s the Los Angeles Times story.
- Milestone: Office of Administrative Law approves Safer Consumer Products regulations – paving the way for implementation.
- More than 40 young people from an environmentally burdened stretch of Los Angeles County learned about effects of toxic contaminants in their neighborhoods at a conference in Boyle Heights.
August 22. 2013
- A Riverside County engine retrofitting company agreed to pay $45,000 for illegally dumping contaminated dust into dumpsters. Here’s a Riverside Press-Enterprise account.
- A trade publication reports the case of a business that allegedly disposed of hazardous waste improperly. Criminal investigators from DTSC discovered the alleged violations that resulted in a civil complaint.
August 20. 2013
- DTSC receives one of five US EPA environmental justice grants in the country and uses it to help communities along the Highway 710 corridor.
August 15, 2013
- DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation cited as one way to guarantee greater chemical security.
- DTSC files civil action after business allegedly dumps hazardous waste in a street and on neighbor’s property
- Wiseburn school district, DTSC and the “wow” factor.
- Director Debbie Raphael is quoted in a post about chemical reform.
- Video: A Fresno-area plating firm switches to a less toxic form of chrome in its manufacturing process.
August 8, 2013
- DTSC sets the record straight about allegations that it allowed improper disposal of radioactively contaminated waste from Santa Susana Field Laboratory.
- “Hands off!” is the message from The Sacramento Bee editorial board to out-of-state lawmakers who want to weaken California’s toxic chemical regulations.
- Work begins on a three-month project to clean up a one-time wastewater treatment plant in the San Francisco Bay area.
- Green & clean: A look at DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation
August 1, 2013
- Director Debbie Raphael warns of impact of proposed federal toxics law on California's efforts to protect consumers from toxic materials. Nine attorneys general raise similar opposition to federal override of chemical safety.
- DTSC approves cleanup plan for Chatsworth Park.
- More than 40 people attended a community open house Thursday in Kettleman city to discuss DTSC's proposed approval of a hazardous waste landfill. A community drop-in session is scheduled for today.
- VIDEO: The dirt on dry cleaning solvents.
July 25, 2013
- DTSC assesses a San Bernardino County company $50,000 in penalties and issues an enforcement order for allegedly storing hazardous waste without a permit.
- The owners of a proposed oil recycling facility in Irwindale volunteer to conduct an Environmental Impact Report as part of their application for a hazardous waste permit.
- Downtown Sacramento railyard may have a buyer only weeks after DTSC approves final piece of cleanup. And that cleanup isn’t expected to delay proposed development, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
July 18, 2013
- A former PG&E gas pipe storage yard in Union City that DTSC helped clean up and then was turned into a transit oriented development is nominated for a prestigious award.
- DTSC and 12 other agencies and departments outline how to make California refineries safer. See the study, and read about it in Daily Breeze and Contra Costa Times.
- An ambitious project could reshape the waterfront in San Pedro, thanks to DTSC.
- A DTSC cleanup paves the way for badly needed low-income housing in Alameda.
- Barbara Boxer seeks to overhaul proposed toxics bill.
JULY 11, 2013
- The Sacramento Bee calls DTSC’s goal to slash hazardous waste in California “good for everyone.” The Fresno Bee says “the state is wise”; Modesto Bee calls it a “bold goal” and so does the Merced Sun-Star.
- DTSC Director Debbie Raphael talks about the initiative to cut hazardous waste disposal in half by 2025. See the video.
- DTSC is part of a CalEPA effort to protect communities most burdened by pollution.
- DTSC approves a final piece of the cleanup at the Downtown Sacramento Railyard. See the stories in the Sacramento Business Journal and on Capital Public Radio.
- Seventy-four residential lots go up for sale in the former Curtis Park Railyard in Sacramento thanks to DTSC’s clean up.
July 5, 2013
- DTSC made two significant announcements that affect California’s hazardous waste management system. The department announced an ambitious goal to reduce the amount of hazardous waste disposed of in California by 50 percent by the year 2025. DTSC also released a draft decision that would allow for expansion of the hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman Hills
- California should curb its hazardous waste. See Director Debbie Raphael’s comment on the Biofriendly Blog.
- Milestone transfer of property is first step toward a new waterfront community in Alameda.
- DTSC’s water sampling efforts in Maywood make the Los Angeles Times.
- DTSC releases the final cleanup plan for a portion of the Sacramento Railyard redevelopment project – which is considered one of the largest urban infill sites in the nation. Here is the Sacramento Bee story.
- New cutting-edge Mercury thermostat regulations take effect.
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