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)...


April 17, 2014


April 10, 2014


April 3, 2014  

  • A joint investigation involving DTSC leads to an $18.1 million settlement by Lowe's.  Track the news coverage on our new media coverage web page.
  • DTSC cleanup certification leads to restoration of 4-acre Mountain Lake at Presidio of San Francisco
  • DTSC's Safer Consumer Products initiative is the most recent example of a "Momentous shift" in the marketplace, GreenBiz.com says.
  • Dates are set for two Priority Products' workshops.


March 27, 2014  

  • Check out the video of DTSC's recent draft Priority Products announcement.
  • DTSC investigators helped bring criminal charges againsta Sun Valley metal recycler. The Los Angeles Daily News and Fox 11have more.
  • The Redwood Times has the story of DTSC and other agencies cooperating in the cleanup of discarded paint and other hazardous materials along the Eel River in Ferndale.
  • Dates are set for two Priority Products' workshops.


March 20, 2014  

  • DTSC certifies as complete the cleanup of a park in Fullerton.  Page 4 of The Fullerton Observer has more.
  • The Long Beach Press-Telegram has the story of a DTSC-supervised cleanup that is leading to a new $75 million project near the port.
  • Coverage of DTSC's landmark Priority Products announcement continues.  We're up to 60 stories and still going.


March 6, 2014

  • DTSC seeks to recover $2 million in cleanup costs from wood-preservation business.

  • Cleanup of a Fullerton park is completed.

  • Keep the date: DTSC's quarterly meeting.


February 27, 2014

  • The Los Angeles Times covers a real-time environmental reporting project that DTSC helped start– and helps keep going.

  • DTSC Emergency Response personnel are summoned to a "bomb house" near Redding. The Redding Record-Searchlight has more.

  • Residential developers scoop up lots at a former DTSC-involved cleanup project in Sacramento .

  • Newspapers in Fontana and Long Beach cover a green schools partnership that includes DTSC.

  •  Keep the date: DTSC's quarterly meeting.


February 13, 2014

  • DTSC oversees the remediation of a former PG&E gas manufacturing plant in Oroville. 
  • DTSC is the "hub" of an innovative healthy schools partnership that will make schools greener and cleaner in Southern California.
  • The agenda for DTSC's next public meeting on March 17, 2014.

February 6, 2014

  • After the firefighters depart, DTSC emergency response crews come in and clean up the toxic remains.
  • A DTSC enforcement initiative leads to criminal action against a central San Joaquin Valley metal recycling business. The Fresno Business Journal and The Fresno Bee were among the newspapers that published stories.
  • Coverage of a unique pilot schools project involving DTSC continues. A blogger covering education has the latest.
  • The agenda for DTSC's next public meeting on March 17, 2014.

January 30, 2014 

  • California is the vanguard for chemical disclosure, thanks to DTSC's bold Safer Consumer Products regulation.

  • Hazardous waste hauler fined $243,000 after DTSC filescivil complaint against him. The Los Angeles Times has more. (registration required).

  • Large chunk of former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station is deleted fromSuperfund list following cleanup. Read more here.

  • DTSC is a key partner in an innovative safe schools pilot project in Southern California.  KNX 1070 has more.

  • Here is more coverageof DTSC's Emergency Response team safely removing thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals from a home near a Long Beach school. (registration required)


January 23, 2014 


January 16, 2014 

  • DTSC has reconstituted the Green Ribbon Science Panel, bringing together 15 dedicated scientists, engineers and business leaders to advise on critical aspects and components needed to implement the Safer Consumer Products regulation.
  • On Jan. 14, about 40 people representing industry, business and the public attended a public meeting in Wilmington (Los Angeles County) on the management and disposal of metal shredding residue. The residue is what remains after old automobiles and appliances are shredded for recycling.Another public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 23 in Oakland. DTSC will make recommendations by November.
  • Federal, state, and local officials, including DTSC, will launch a new intergovernmental pilot project that will identify potential environmental health hazards facing students and staff at schools across Southern California.
  • California's Safer Consumer Products program is mentioned in this story on sustainable brands.


January 13, 2014 

  • Governor Brown’s proposed budget includes an increase of $6.6 million and 25.5 positions for DTSC. See the details here.
  • DTSC investigation leads to jail sentence for hazardous waste transporter. See story in LA Times.


January 9, 2014  

  • A DTSC investigation resulted in the successful prosecution and sentencing of former hazardous waste transporter Roy Paul Gressly for six felony violations of the Hazardous Waste Control Act.
  • DTSC is an important player in the Sacramento railyard project – one of the most ambitious redevelopment proposals in the nation.
  • Channel 40 reports on new homes at Curtis Park in Sacramento , a project possible in part to a DTSC cleanup.
  • DTSC’s 2012 nail polish study is referenced in blogs in the New York Times and Refinery 29, and in this San Francisco Chronicle story on healthier nail salons.

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