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)...
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!
July 28, 2016
- Residents near the former Exide battery plant in Vernon received training for environmental jobs under DTSC's Workforce Development and Job Training Program. The program aims to meaningfully employ community residents who live in proximity of the Exide Technologies facility by promoting the use of local hiring requirements.
- Hundreds tour the land around Seaplane Lagoon on the former Naval Air Station at Alameda Point. DTSC is supervising the cleanupwhich will result in a couple of large parks, a 500-acre federal wildlife habitat, housing, retail and a ferry building.
- DTSC has sampled more than 2,700 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
July 22, 2016
- DTSC's Safer Consumer Products program will begin rulemaking to list Children's Nap Mats, one of the three proposed Priority Products, as a product-chemical combination that has the potential to cause harm. See coverage from Chemical Watch.
- DTSC Emergency Response unit continues to help victims of the Erskine Fire remove hazardous materials in Kern River Valley.
- The Navy will soon transfer another large piece of land of a former air station to the City of Alameda. DTSC has been involved with the cleanup process leading up to the transfer.
- DTSC has collected more than 4,200 access agreements from residents near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
July 14, 2016
- Coverage continues of DTSC's cleanup efforts of hazardous materials in Kern County in the aftermath of the Erskine wildfire. See stories at ABC Bakersfield and in the Kern Valley Sun.
- DTSC has sampled more than 2,400 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
July 7, 2016
- DTSC's Emergency Response Unit will help clean up hazardous materials in Kern County in the aftermath of the Erskine wildfire.
- DTSC has sampled more than 2,200 residential properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
June 29, 2016
- DTSC's second scoping meeting for the environmental impact report on the residential cleanup near the Exide Technologies facility is set for June 30 in Commerce. For details, click here.
- The Morgan Hill Unified School District is considering cleanup options at the site where a new $20 million elementary school will be built. DTSC is supervising the cleanup.
- Check us out on Instagram on the CalEPA account.
June 22, 2016
- Governor Brown announced the appointment of Amilia Glikman as the chief counsel for DTSC.
- DTSC is developing a program to train residents of communities impacted by the former Exide Technologies for jobs in the environmental field.
- DTSC has collected more than 3,600 access agreements from residents living near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
- DTSC's first scoping meeting for the environmental impact report on the residential cleanup near the Exide Technologies facility is scheduled for June 25 in Huntington Park. For more details, click here.
June 15, 2016
- DTSC's Exide Advisory Group meeting is scheduled for June 16 at Salesian High School in Los Angeles. For more information, click here.
June 7, 2016
- DTSC is helping reshape the Alameda waterfront, which will include a public marina, ferry terminal, dining and retail, and housing.
- DTSC supervised the sampling at the Quemetco battery recycling facility in the City of Industry.
- More than 1,800 properties have been sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
May 31, 2016
- DTSC is holding a free webinar on June 15 to discuss how to access funding for brownfields and environmentally impacted properties in your community. To sign up for the webinar, click here.
- Watch DTSC's video from a recent visit to Coyote Ridge in Santa Clara County where 1,800 acres of land will be used as a preserve for wildlife and endangered species. DTSC helped transfer the land to the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority.
- DTSC is now on Flickr. Make sure to follow here!
May 24, 2016
- Recent confirmation testing ordered by DTSC at Irvine Unified School District's future Portola High School has determined the site poses no risk to those wo will study or work there.
- More than 1,000 residential properties have been sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
May 17, 2016
- An environmental club was created after a DTSC scientist mentored students at Southwest High School in El Centro.
- DTSC helped in the investigation of a Santa Fe Springs man who recently pleaded guilty to dumping 11,000 gallons of soap into the San Gabriel River.
- DTSC helped remove mercury after a mysterious spill was found in a neighborhood in Livermore.
- DTSC has collected more than 2,300 access agreements from residents near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
May 10, 2016
- A new DTSC Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) policy encourages companies and individuals who settle hazardous waste cases to fund projects that benefit California communities most burdened by environmental harm. You can view the policy here.
- Governor Brown appointed Zolaikha Taghvaei Bayar to be DTSC's assistant deputy director of the Site Mitigation and Brownfields Reuse Program.
May 2, 2016
- Read the recent EGP News story quoting DTSC Assistant Director for Environmental Justice, Ana Mascareñas, discussing how DTSC plans to roll out a job and development training program for east and southeast Los Angeles County residents. The program will train residents how to test for environmental damages like those in their own backyard.
- Coverage continues on the Argonaut Mine after US EPA proposed the site to the Superfund National Priority List. See stories from KCRA and the Sacramento Bee.
- DTSC will begin testing soil in areas of Hacienda Heights surrounding the Quemetco battery recycling plant in the City of Industry.
- More than 200 residential properties have been cleaned and more than 800 sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
APRIL 25, 2016
- DTSC's will hold the Exide Advisory Group meeting from 4:00 to 6 p.m. and a public meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 28 in the City of Commerce. For details about the meetings, click here.
APRIL 18, 2016
- DTSC Deputy Director Meredith Williams was featured in an ABC 7 story on the copper-free brake pads regulations. A public hearing will be held on the proposed regulation on May 27 and DTSC is accepting public comments until May 23.
- DTSC is supervising the cleanup of a PG&E site in Napa that might be made available for redevelopment by 2021.
- DTSC has collected more than 1,400 access agreements from residents near the former Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
April 7, 2016
- The State Senate approved the $176.6 million funding bill Governor Brown proposed to fund the expedited and expanded testing and cleanup of residential properties around the former Exide facility in Vernon. See coverage from EGP News and The Washington Times.
- U.S EPA has proposed adding the Argonaut Mine Site in Jackson to the Superfund National Priority List. DTSC installed a storm water diversion system in November 2015 at the 100-year old Argonaut dam to help direct storm water around the tailings.
- DTSC's schools program is setting the gold standard for making properties safe.
- More than 700 properties have been sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
March 24, 2016
- DTSC has collected more than 1,000 access agreements and cleaned more than 200 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
- A recent article in the National Law Review stated, "California's landmark green chemistry law is the most extensive state chemicals management framework in the country." Read the full story here.
March 17, 2016
- This past weekend, DTSC Director Barbara A. Lee, CalEPA Secretary Matt Rodriquez, Los Angeles City Mayor Eric Garcetti and over 200 volunteers canvassed in Boyle Heights neighborhoods to inform residents about lead contamination from the now-closed Exide facility in Vernon. See coverage from Univision and the LA Times.
- DTSC has collected more than 900 access agreements and sampled more than 600 properties near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
March 10, 2016
- A total of 200 properties have been cleaned up and 596 have been sampled near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers here.
March 3, 2016
- California is phasing in regulations that limit the amount of harmful chemicals in brake pads. Watch our video on the major milestones since the introduction of Senate Bill 346 which passed in 2010.
- Community action groups and DTSC collected access agreements from City of Commerce residents interested in getting their yards sampled for lead contamination in an outreach effort in late February. You can view the video in Spanish here.
- DTSC was part of a panel discussing the cleanup process on properties affected by lead contamination from the Exide facility on Telemundo's Enfoque Los Angeles.
- Mount Shasta's former lumber mill property known as The Landing, a brownfields site supervised by DTSC, will move forward with the rest of the cleanup in mid-April.
February 26, 2016
- An equestrian center is proposed at The Magic Johnson Park in Willowbrook, a former oil site that is being remediated under the oversight of the Regional Water Quality Control Board and DTSC.
February 11, 2016
- More than 10,500 tons of soil has been removed from a total of 194 properties near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers.
JANUARY 29, 2016
- The next Independent Review Panel meeting is scheduled for Feb. 10 in Sacramento. You can view the agenda here.
January 21, 2016
- DTSC recently boosted the cooperation between the US and China on environmental issues with a Sacramento meeting between DTSC and the Guangzhou City Bureau of Environmental Protection. The meeting was highlighted by an overview of DTSC programs including the Safer Consumer Products Program, the Hazardous Waste Management Program, the Permitting Process and the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration programs.
- Follow DTSC and other CalEPA agencies on Instagram to see the work they perform throughout the state!
January 14, 2016
- DTSC and the California Attorney General's Office announced this week that Pacific Steel, Inc., a scrap metal recycle in National City, will pay $138,000 dollars to settle hazardous waste violations.
- Maven's Notebook recently focused on DTSC's new Safer Consumer Products regulations discussing how the new regulations shift responsibility to manufacturers to seek safer alternatives for harmful ingredients in consumer products.
- DTSC's Karl Palmer, Chief of the Safer Consumer Products Bran, was quoted in an Orange County Register story on the eco-friendliness of cleaning products.
- The Cal Compact Landfill site in Carson is now looking to commercial prospects for its 157-acre space after losing a recent bid for an NFL stadium.
January 8, 2016
- The next Independent Review Panel meetings are scheduled for Jan. 13 and 14 in Sacramento. You can view the agenda here.
- DTSC is helping to rebuild communities in the aftermath from last year's California's devastating wildfires.
- Francesca Negri was sworn in as chief deputy director of DTSC on Jan. 4, 2016. Negri previously served as chief at the California Department of Transportation, Division of Procurement and Contracts from 2010 to 2016.
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