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Restoring Communities and Protecting California: DTSC Successes

 Recent Success Stories

  • DTSC scientist helps high school students form environmental club, celebrate Earth Day (05/11/2016)

  • DTSC Brownfields Grant Helps Kick Off Affordable Housing Project (05/09/2016)

  • DTSC's Schools Program Sets Gold Standard for Making Properties Safe (04/05/2016)

  • Cleanups at former manufactured gas sites exemplify DTSC's mission (01/21/2016)

  • After Butte Fire Devastation, DTSC a Part of Rebuilding (01/05/2016)

  • Southern California Cleanup Project Embodies the DTSC Mission (12/02/2015)

  • Cleanup agreement will lead to a new middle school on military base (11/19/2015)

  • Ambitious cleanup project helps protect threatened wildlife (10/12/2015)

  • Governor Appoints Pang as DTSC's New OCI Chief (10/05/2015)

  • Creating a community asset: Turning a Brownfield into a sports park (09/28/2015)

  • Bay Area endangered butterfly to get designated preserve in Santa Clara County foothills (08/13/2015)

  • Removing a toxic legacy from MGP Sites (08/06/2015)

  • Success Story:  DTSC Cleanup Project Leading to New School Site in Martinez (07/06/2015)

  • DTSC facilitates expansion of Southern California auto dealership (06/18/2015)

  • DTSC receives U.S. EPA grants to assess environmentally impacted communities in Southern California (06/11/2015)

  • Treasure Island Milestone: First Major Transfer of Property to City of San Francisco (06/10/2015)

  • The Irvine Company rounds out Silicon Valley with Santa Clara Square Project (06/03/2015)

    Military Base Cleanups

    A quarter of all U.S. military bases shut down during base closings from 1988 through 1995 were in California. DTSC mobilized massive base cleanup efforts that have repositioned more than 70 percent of closed acreage for new uses.


    Brownfields Cleanups

    Brownfields are contaminated industrial and manufacturing sites that require cleanups before being developed for new uses. DTSC has cleaned up thousands of acres of brownfields to create new housing, offices, stores and jobs.


    Groundwater Cleanups

    Industrial byproducts and other contaminants can spread beyond surface soils and into one of California’s most precious resources, its groundwater. Many of DTSC’s cleanups involve successfully restoring the quality of groundwater.


    Mine Cleanups

    More than a century and a half of mining in California has created an estimated 47,000 abandoned mine land sites. DTSC’s cleanup efforts have led to new uses, including parks.


    Spotlight on DTSC

    Highlighting recent happenings within DTSC throughout California.


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