DTSC News Feed Archive April 2013

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 25, 2013

  • DTSC orders a battery recycling company in Southern California to suspend operations because of concerns over air emissions and leaking underground pipes. Here is the press release and a statement from DTSC Director Debbie Raphael, along with coverage from the Associated Press and NBC in Southern California.
  • Sacramento Bee editorial writer Dan Morain weighs in on Safer Consumer Products and California’s ground-breaking effort to find alternatives to chemicals that are linked to cancer or hurt the environment. The editorial also ran in the Merced Sun-Star.
  • DTSC is recognized, by the Governor’s Office, for its work on a recent cleanup project in Oakley, CA. The former chemical manufacturing plant is now ready for redevelopment.
  • DTSC’s Environmental Chemistry Lab (ECL) in Berkeley hosts international scholars for research purposes. Here we highlight the latest one – an assistant professor from Japan that was here to investigate flame retardants in the blood of household cats in California.
  • An Emeryville paint factory gets a clean canvas to work on. DTSC certifies cleanup of former Sherwin-Williams paint site as complete, and redevelopment into a mixed-use project can begin. The San Francisco Business Times reported the progress.
  • Here is an inside look at what goes on at the DTSC’s Environmental Chemistry Lab (ECL) in Berkeley.


April 18, 2013

  • DTSC oversees the replacement of an aging treatment plant at the Stringfellow Superfund site in Southern California. The old one was long overdue for replacement. The Riverside Press-Enterprise has the story.
  • DTSC’s regulations for recycling old, mercury-filled thermostats have been submitted to the Office of Administrative Law for approval. Once approved, this “extended producer responsibility” regulation will require manufacturers to collect and recycle more than 32,500 mercury-containing thermostats in the second half of 2013, or 30 percent of the estimated total number of mercury thermostats becoming waste.
  • DTSC plays a strong supporting role in the ambitious Brooklyn Basin development project  that   Gov. Brown announced on his trade trip to China. Investors are helping jump-start a project that will bring jobs and revenue to Oakland.
  • Management at the Chevron Refinery in Richmond ignored employees’ warnings of corroded pipes that ruptured Aug. 6, 2012, and caused a fire that sent 15,000 people to area hospitals, according to a report released Monday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. See the story in the San Francisco Chronicle.
  • Going green makes good business sense for many companies. This DTSC video shows how.


April 11, 2013

  • DTSC responds to Assembly speaker John. A. Perez’s call for action at Exide, a recycling plant in the city of Vernon. Read the Speaker’s letter and DTSC’s response.
  • On April 5, DTSC announced that it ordered a Rancho Cordova company to cease its hazardous waste consolidation operations.  Inspectors said repeated fires at General Environmental Management posed a public safety threat. See the story in the Sacramento Bee, the Sacramento Business Journal and on KCRA.
  • Heavenly Valley Ski Resort fulfilled the requirements of a Superior Court complaint order and paid DTSC $120,000 for violating hazardous waste rules. See the story in the Sacramento Bee.
  • DTSC hosted an International conference on flame retardants in San Francisco. The Sixth International Symposium on Flame Retardants brought together the world’s experts on the impacts of toxic chemicals used to prevent fire. Check out our video.
  • The latest public comment period on DTSC’s Safer Consumer Products regulation opened Wednesday, April 10.  Read the latest on the regulation.

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