Media Advisory

Barbara A. Lee, Director

May 31, 2018

Contact: Gamaliel Ortiz
(916) 327-4383

Students, Unite! You’re Toxic Crusaders!

Pasadena-Area Middle Schoolers Team Up with Department of Toxic Substances Control

What: Middle school students will put their science detective skills to the test in a fun-filled day at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) Laboratory. Students will participate in hands-on science activities, including a mock contaminated site investigation. Most of all, students will learn how DTSC protects the public and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic substances through these interactive and engaging science exercises befitting of a Toxic Crusader.

Who: Middle school students, parents, Association of Public Health Laboratories and DTSC scientists/staff.

When: Saturday, June 2, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: DTSC Laboratory, 757 S. Raymond Ave., Ste. 105, Pasadena, CA 91105

Why: Early education about environmental issues is not only fundamental to DTSC’s mission but to the future of our state. Through DTSC’s outreach, students will obtain a deeper understanding of the complex problems facing California and what they can do about them. DTSC hopes these activities will encourage students to be environmentally conscious citizens, better civic participants and, perhaps one day, professional Toxic Crusaders (DTSC scientists).

Visuals: Students and scientists interacting in a laboratory setting. They will wear protective gear and handle materials for experimentation.

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FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES: Contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control by phone at (800) 728-6942 or visit To report illegal handling, discharge, or disposal of hazardous waste, call the Waste Alert Hotline at (800) 698-6942.

The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated properties, enforcing hazardous waste law, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products.