DTSC News Feed July 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).


July 25, 2013

  • DTSC assesses a San Bernardino County company $50,000 in penalties and issues an enforcement order for allegedly storing hazardous waste without a permit.
  • The owners of a proposed oil recycling facility in Irwindale volunteer to conduct an Environmental Impact Report as part of their application for a hazardous waste permit.
  • Downtown Sacramento railyard may have a buyer only weeks after DTSC approves final piece of cleanup. And that cleanup isn’t expected to delay proposed development, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.

July 18, 2013

  • A former PG&E gas pipe storage yard in Union City that DTSC helped clean up and then was turned into a transit oriented development is nominated for a prestigious award.
  • DTSC and 12 other agencies and departments outline how to make California refineries safer. See the study, and read about it in Daily Breeze and Contra Costa Times.
  • An ambitious project could reshape the waterfront in San Pedro, thanks to DTSC.
  • A DTSC cleanup paves the way for badly needed low-income housing in Alameda.
  • Barbara Boxer seeks to overhaul proposed toxics bill.

JULY 11, 2013

  • The Sacramento Bee calls DTSC’s goal to slash hazardous waste in California “good for everyone.” The Fresno Bee says “the state is wise”; Modesto Bee calls it a “bold goal” and so does the Merced Sun-Star.
  • DTSC Director Debbie Raphael talks about the initiative to cut hazardous waste disposal in half by 2025. See the video.
  • DTSC is part of a CalEPA effort to protect communities most burdened by pollution.
  • DTSC approves a final piece of the cleanup at the Downtown Sacramento Railyard. See the stories in the Sacramento Business Journal and on Capital Public Radio.
  • Seventy-four residential lots go up for sale in the former Curtis Park Railyard in Sacramento thanks to DTSC’s clean up.

July 5, 2013

  • DTSC made two significant announcements that affect California’s hazardous waste management system. The department announced an ambitious goal to reduce the amount of hazardous waste disposed of in California by 50 percent by the year 2025. DTSC also released a draft decision that would allow for expansion of the hazardous waste landfill in Kettleman Hills
  • California should curb its hazardous waste. See Director Debbie Raphael’s comment on the Biofriendly Blog.
  • Milestone transfer of property is first step toward a new waterfront community in Alameda.
  • DTSC’s water sampling efforts in Maywood make the Los Angeles Times.
  • DTSC releases the final cleanup plan for a portion of the Sacramento Railyard redevelopment project – which is considered one of the largest urban infill sites in the nation. Here is the Sacramento Bee story.
  • New cutting-edge Mercury thermostat regulations take effect.

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