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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 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. 
  • Chatsworth Park South will reopen by the end of this year, after a DTSC monitored cleanup is complete.  
  • 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.
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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.
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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.
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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. 

 

December 18, 2015

  • DTSC is launching a Community Protection & Hazardous Waste Reduction Initiative to evaluate opportunities and barriers to hazardous waste reduction in California. In cooperation with an Advisory Committee, DTSC will select up to three pilot-scale research projects to assess ways to reduce hazardous waste.  Additional information is available here.
  • Investigators in DTSC's Office of Criminal Investigations aided the investigation that resulted in a $25.95 million settlement with Comcast Cable Communications for alleged unlawful disposal of hazardous waste. And, DTSC's Environmental Chemistry Lab performed all the chemical analysis during the investigation. Read coverage in the San Jose Mercury News and LA Times.
  • Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, CalEPA, DTSC and other agencies filed criminal charges against five businesses in Boyle Heights for various alleged environmental violations. Read coverage from KPCC.
  • The City of Fort Bragg approved a remedial action plan for the former Georgia-Pacific mill site. DTSC is the lead agency overseeing the work on the site.
  • DTSC's News Feed will back Jan. 7.

December 10, 2015

  • A cleanup project in San Bernardino County embodies DTSC's mission to protect California's people and the environment.

December 4, 2015

  • DTSC began the removal of lead-contaminated soil from residential yards in the Expanded Area near the Exide Technologies facility in Vernon on Thursday, Dec. 3. You can read coverage of the cleanup in Spanish in La Opinion.
  • Staff from DTSC's Safer Consumer Product Program will take part in the Safer Consumer Products Briefing scheduled for January 2016 in San Diego. The briefing will provide information on the latest SCP regulations.
  • 186 residential properties have been cleaned up near the Exide facility in Vernon. See the latest cleanup numbers. 

 
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