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DTSC News Feed

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 19, 2017

  • DTSC is overseeing the cleanup of a piece of land in South San Francisco that will be used for a single multi-family housing project.
  • DTSC is accepting applications for its Targeted Site Investigation program to perform environmental assessments for redevelopment, re-use and revitalizations of brownfields properties by local agencies, school districts, and nonprofit organizations.
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MAY 12, 2017

  • DTSC's metal recycling initiative found hazardous waste violations at 40 of 42 metal recycling companies, most in environmentally burdened communities.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 8,200 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.

MAY 4, 2017

  • DTSC was part of an investigation with the Yolo County District Attorney that resulted in a $4.22 million fine against Woodland Biomass Power for hazardous waste violations. Read more in The Sacramento Bee.
  • DTSC announced a $2 million settlement with the current and previous owners of the Chicago Musical Instruments site in Fullerton to help remediate a groundwater plume in Southern California.

 

April 27, 2017

  • DTSC ordered the owners and operators of a former electroplating shop in Oakland to remove hazardous waste left behind.
  • DTSC has received more than 8,400 access agreements from residents living near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon.

April 6, 2017

  • Yuba River Charter School broke ground on the new campus at the former Grass Valley burn dump, a brownfields site. The school received a $600,000 grant from U.S. EPA to help pay for cleaning up the former municipal garbage site, which DTSC supervised.
  • DTSC will host two public meetings for the Community Protection and Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative on April 19 and 20 in Oakland. For more information, click here.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 7,200 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

March 30, 2017

  • DTSC is helping clean up vacant parcels at San Jose's Santana Row.
  • The Argonaut Dam in the City of Jackson has worked effectively during this heavy winter season. In 2015, DTSC installed a storm water diversion system to reduce pressure in the rain-soaked soil and mine tailings behind the 100-year-old dam.

March 24, 2017

  • DTSC is hosting a Cumulative Impacts symposium in an effort to guide SB 673 implementation process. It takes place on March 27 at the CalEPA Headquarters building in Sacramento.
  • PG&E continues the environmental cleanup at a former gas plant in Red Bluff. DTSC is supervising the project and coordinating with the Bureau of Reclamation, Caltrans, Red Bluff and Tehama County.
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March 16, 2017

  • DTSC and U.S Environmental Protection Agency officials were on site earlier this week to remove a mercury spill in Antioch. See coverage from NBC Bay Area.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 6,800 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

March 9, 2017

  • DTSC is seeking public comments on a proposed soil sampling plan near the Riverside Ag Park site.
  • DTSC recently held a public workshop on the potential health and safety impacts of chemicals in nail salon products. See coverage from CBS Los Angeles.
  • DTSC will supervise the cleanup of the 42-acre riverfront parcel known as the 'crown jewel' of the Los Angeles River as part of the revitalization plan after the City of Los Angeles purchased the land.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 6,700 parcels near the inactive Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

 

January 13, 2017

  • DTSC released guidelines for expedited actions, including cleanups, to prevent exposure to lead in soil at properties around the closed Exide facility in Vernon. View the Time Critical Removal Action guidance document here.
  • DTSC will hold the next Exide Advisory Group meeting and public meeting on the Exide residential Draft Cleanup Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report on Jan. 20 at the Maywood City Council Chambers. For more details, click here.
  • DTSC is part of a new regulation that is encouraging cities and counties to create healthy nail salon programs.
  • DTSC is supervising the cleanup that began this week at a former gas plant along the Sacramento River in Red Bluff.

January 6, 2017

  • California has new regulations for brake pads sold that will help reduce the amount of toxic chemicals released from brakes into California's waterways and help comply with the federal Clean Water Act.
  • DTSC will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the Exide residential Draft Cleanup Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report on Jan. 11 in East Los Angeles. For more information, click here.
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program will hold a workshop on the use of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs) in carpets, rugs, indoor upholstered furniture, and their care and treatment products on Jan. 31 in Sacramento. For details, click here. 

 

December 22, 2016

  • DTSC has sampled more 5,800 than residential properties near the closed Exide Facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

December 9, 2016

  • DTSC released the Final Exide Closure Plan and the Final Environmental Impact Report for the closure of the former Exide facility in Vernon. You can view the documents here.
  • DTSC is holding a workshop on Dec. 12 in Sacramento to discuss the toxicity criteria required when establishing human health risk-based screening levels, action levels and remediation goals. You can find more details here.
  • The next DTSC Exide Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for Dec. 15 at the Ruben Salazar Park in Los Angeles.

December 1, 2016

  • DTSC will hold a webinar from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on December 7 to receive comments to help improve EnviroStor.
  • DTSC's next Independent Review Panel meeting is set for December 9 in Berkeley. For more details, see agenda.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 4,800 residential properties near the closed Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

November 18, 2016

  • Governor Brown announced the appointment of Jerilyn Lopez Mendoza as DTSC's deputy director of public participation.
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program held a webinar earlier this week to engage stakeholders in the process of selecting the next Priority Products.
  • The city of Alameda will get a new park thanks in part to DTSC.

 

October 28, 2016

  • DTSC, CalEPA and OEHHA are co-sponsoring the Berkeley Center for Green Chemistry forum on alternatives for bisphenol A (BPA) scheduled for Nov. 4.
  • U.S. EPA began the $3 million cleanup of the Maywood magnesium fire. DTSC is involved in investigating the fire along with the Los Angeles County Fire.
  • DTSC and CalRecycle began the removal of toxic materials from properties destroyed in the Clayton fire in Lake County.
  • The cleanup at the Lang Station near Santa Clarita Valley is almost complete. DTSC has been supervising the cleanup.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 4,000 residential properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

October 7, 2016

  • DTSC's Emergency Response staff began assessing and removing hazardous materials from properties destroyed from the Clayton Fire in Lake County.
  • DTSC recently announced the creation of the new program focused on promoting principles of environmental justice throughout the department's work and engaging tribal governments and communities. Learn more about the Office of Environmental Justice and Tribal Affairs here.
  • U.S. EPA will oversee a $4 million groundwater study in northern Orange County water basin. EPA is working with DTSC to clean up soil and groundwater at a number of facilities believed to have contributed to the regional contamination.
  • DTSC is seeking feedback on the next Priority Product potential candidates for the Safer Consumer Product program. DTSC will hold a webinar on November 15 that will provide an overview on the progress selection. 

 

September 29, 2016

  • DTSC and CalRecycle will begin cleanup in Lower Lake after the devastating Clayton Fire.
  • DTSC is overseeing upcoming activities to safely and effectively destroy munitions at the former Whittaker-Bermite facility in Santa Clarita.
  • DTSC has collected more than 6,600 access agreements from residents near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

September 22, 2016

  • Governor Brown recently announced the appointment of Mohsen Nazemi as DTSC's deputy director for the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program.
  • DTSC and CalRecycle are helping cleanup and remove debris from the Clayton Fire in Lake County.

September 16, 2016

  • Governor Brown recently announced two appointments to DTSC's Executive Team. The Governor appointed Rosanna Westmoreland as DTSC's new deputy director of the Office of Communications and C. David Johnson Jr as DTSC's new legislative director.
  • DTSC has sampled more than 2,900 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here
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September 8, 2016

  • DTSC has sampled more than 2,800 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here. 

 

August 25, 2016

  • The new $300 million Portola High School opened in Irvine this week. DTSC oversaw the cleanup of the 43-acre campus.
  • DTSC will oversee the remedial activities at the 108-acre industrial waterfront site, known as the East and West Mill sites, in Antioch. Commercial Development Company Inc. recently purchased the site and plans to redevelop it.

August 18, 2016

  • Thirty-one students graduated on Aug. 15 in Los Angeles after receiving training for DTSC's Workforce for Environmental Restoration in Communities (WERC) program. WERC was created to train under-employed residents who live in the communities impacted by the former Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. The training is in environmental sampling and assessment field work.
  • An additional group of thermostat manufactures agreed to join with other manufacturers in improving the collection methods of used mercury-containing thermostats.
  • DTSC has collected more than 5,400 access agreements from residents near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.

August 11, 2016

  • DTSC and CalEPA announced a historic agreement with Greenaction for Health and Environmental Justice and El Pueblo/People for Clean Air &Water of Kettleman City to resolve a civil rights complaint over DTSC's 2014 decision to approve a permit to expand the Kettleman Hills hazardous waste landfill. See coverage in the Fresno Bee.
  • DTSC's next Exide community meeting is scheduled for August 18 at the Maywood City Hall. For more information, click here.

August 5, 2016

  • A new high school is being built in Salinas on a former farmland where DTSC supervised the cleanup.
  • DTSC has collected more than 4,400 access agreements from residents near the former Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
  • Don't forget to follow us on Instagram on the CaliforniaEPA account!

 
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