DTSC Statement

Meredith Williams, Director

January 8, 2021

Contact: Allison Wescott
(916) 963-6246

DTSC issued the following statement in response to the Governor’s Proposed 2021-22 Budget:

“A DTSC with an ongoing stable funding source and improved governance and transparency is critical to helping California provide equitable economic recovery in every corner of the state – particularly in our disadvantaged communities suffering from the continued burden of contamination caused by some of the worst polluters in our state.”

“DTSC’s work intersects with key elements of the Governor’s Equitable Recovery for California’s Businesses and Jobs plan, specifically the Housing and Infill Infrastructure Grant Program. As such, the Governor’s Budget proposes a $300 million one-time investment to support the cleanup and restoration of contaminated land in communities across California. This investment will support the Governor’s equitable recovery initiative by contributing to workforce development, jobs, housing, and environmental justice.”

“The Budget Proposal also builds upon this Administration’s commitment to comprehensive reform of DTSC, including the creation of a new, transparent governance structure and providing fiscal stability for the department. These significant investments will enable DTSC to work toward healthy, safe, and economically viable communities on a much more substantial and equitable scale. We look forward to working together with the Legislature and stakeholders to advance this proposal.”

View the full text of the Governor’s Budget Proposal and the Governor’s Equitable Recovery Release.

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FOR GENERAL INQUIRIES: Contact the Department of Toxic Substances Control by phone at (800) 728-6942 or visit www.dtsc.ca.gov. 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.