Restoring Communities and Protecting California: DTSC Successes
Recent Success Stories
- McClellan: From Polluted Air Base to Productive Business Park (12/31/2018)
- ‘Most Innovative Team’ at Tech Conference? DTSC! (07/11/2018)
- DTSC Helps Preschool Grow in Portola (05/02/2018)
- State Strike Team Goes After Scavengers Who Junk Cars for Profit (03/20/2018)
- DTSC Fire Cleanup Helps Northern Californians Rebuild (02/05/2018)
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Success Stories by Category
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 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.
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.
- See the Archived pages for success stories related to groundwater cleanups (links are in the right menu).
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.
- See the Archived pages for success stories related to mine cleanups (links are in the right menu).
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.
- DTSC Helps Preschool Grow in Portola
- DTSC Helps Debut a New High School in Salinas
- DTSC’s Schools Program Sets the Gold Standard for Making Properties Safe
- Cleanup agreement will lead to a new middle school on military base
- DTSC Cleanup Project Leading to New School Site in Martinez
- DTSC is helping lay the foundation for a unique school in Visalia
DTSC encourages the development of products and processes that use fewer potentially hazardous materials. Many California businesses are emerging as trailblazers.
- See the Archived pages for success stories related to safer products (links are in the right menu).
DTSC is often among the first responders to emergency situations, such as floods, spills and accidents that involve toxic and hazardous materials.
Spotlight on DTSC
Highlighting recent happenings within DTSC throughout California.
- ‘Most Innovative Team’ at Tech Conference? DTSC!
- DTSC Leaders Bălan, Mascareñas Recognized Nationally for Environmental Health Work
- State Strike Team Goes After Scavengers Who Junk Cars for Profit
- DTSC Partners with Yolo County on Hazardous Waste Case
- South San Francisco project exemplifies DTSC’s mission
- DTSC Cleans Up on Santana Row
- DTSC is Clearing the Way for New Retail Development
- Bay Area city to get a new park thanks in part to DTSC
- DTSC Plans Job-Training Program
- DTSC scientist helps high school students form environmental club, celebrate Earth Day
- Cleanups at former manufactured gas sites exemplify DTSC’s mission
- Southern California Cleanup Project Embodies the DTSC Mission
- Ambitious cleanup project helps protect threatened wildlife
- Governor Appoints Pang as DTSC’s New OCI Chief
- Bay Area endangered butterfly to get designated preserve in Santa Clara County foothills
- Removing a toxic legacy from MGP sites
- DTSC facilitates expansion of Southern California auto dealership
- DTSC receives U.S. EPA grants to assess environmentally impacted communities in Southern California
- The Irvine Company rounds out Silicon Valley with Santa Clara Square Project
- DTSC’s OCI Hires Investigator in Southern California
- Former Los Angeles County landfill potentially the new home of two NFL teams
- DTSC is helping bring prosperity and business to Emeryville