News Release

Meredith Williams, Director

September 29, 2020

Director Meredith Williams’ statement on the Governor Newsom’s

veto of AB 995

SACRAMENTO – Dr. Meredith Williams, Director of DTSC today released the following statement in response to Governor Gavin Newsom’s veto of AB 995, which would have established a Board of Environmental Safety at the Department, restructured the Hazardous Waste Control Account (HWCA), created a Hazardous Waste Facilities Account (HWFA), and made various other changes:

“California needs DTSC policy and fiscal reforms to ensure transparency, accountability, and our ability to respond to stakeholder’s concerns. One cannot be done without the other. The state and its constituents can no longer bear the burden of cleaning up after polluters without proper compensation. And with the health and safety of Californians at risk, we need these reforms to be developed and implemented holistically. 

“A fully resourced DTSC is critical to protecting our most vulnerable communities from the continued burden of pollution from some of the worst polluters in our state, and we will take every opportunity possible to come to agreement with the Legislature and stakeholders this next Session, working to build consensus around a winnable and sustainable solution that will set DTSC up for success well into the future.”

The Governor’s veto message can be found here.

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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.