We tell DTSC’s story to keep the public informed


DTSC works to protect people, communities, and the environment from harmful chemicals. Our work is mission-focused on accomplishing this by:

  • Restoring contaminated sites
  • Enforcing hazardous waste laws
  • Reducing hazardous waste generation
  • Compelling the development of safer consumer products

Read about the projects and people working to create a California where everyone can thrive in a healthy and safe environment.

Going for Olympic Gold with L.A. River Cleanup Project

Los Angeles city officials want to have an ambitious riverfront showpiece complete by the 2028 Olympics. The Department of Toxic Substances Control is working to help shape the vision into a project worthy of a gold medal….

DTSC at Center of Big Changes to Sacramento Railyards

Sacramento’s historical railyards are on track to double the downtown core of California’s capital and become the engine of new development ranging from a hospital, courthouse, housing,shops, a park, and even a Major League Soccer stadium….

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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.

Safer Schools

When school districts use state construction funds to expand or build new school campuses, DTSC inspects the sites and rids them of any contaminants that may exist. Since 2000 DTSC has ensured the environmental safety of 500,000 students at these sites.

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