California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

Wed, Dec 17, 2014

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

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A report released by Consumer Watchdog at the summit showed that the companies had spent more than $100 million on lobbying and campaign contributions during the last five years in California to combat environmental protections.

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Mon, Dec 15, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

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Consumer Watchdog Report Calls On California Officials To Watch For Oil Company Production Cut Backs As Ploy To Raise Gas Prices & Undermine Cap and Trade

Oakland, CA – The nonprofit Consumer Watchdog released a report chronicling the tactics California oil companies are likely to use to undermine implementation of climate protection laws and warned state officials they include artificially hiking the price of gasoline.

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Thu, Jun 5, 2014

New Report Exposes Boeing Influence Peddling That Derailed Cleanup of a Partial Nuclear Meltdown Site Near L.A.

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New Report Exposes Boeing Influence Peddling That Derailed Cleanup of a Partial Nuclear Meltdown Site Near L.A.

SANTA MONICA, CA – A new report released by Consumer Watchdog today documents how Boeing and its influential fixers derailed the cleanup of a partial nuclear meltdown site in greater Los Angeles with help from their regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

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Thu, May 1, 2014

Top Toxics Regulator Resigns in Sign of Possible Reform

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Top Toxics Regulator Resigns in Sign of Possible Reform

SANTA MONICA, CA –Today’s resignation of Debbie Raphael, Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control, is a hopeful sign that the Brown Administration will finally clean up a deeply troubled department, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Tue, Apr 8, 2014

Toxics Regulators Doctor Results of Investigation To Avoid Admitting Wildomar Residents Poisoned

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Toxics Regulators Doctor Results of Investigation To Avoid Admitting Wildomar Residents Poisoned

Santa Monica, CA— A new report released today by leading environmental advocate Penny Newman and residents of the poisoned Wildomar community shows that state toxics regulators doctored data in a preliminary investigation of the Autumnwood housing complex to avoid pinpointing what has poisoned the Riverside County residents and skip any cleanup, Consumer Watchdog said today.

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Fri, Feb 28, 2014

Consumer Watchdog Requests Radiological Inspection at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard As Possibly Contaminated Soil Heads to Landfills Unlicensed for Radioactive Waste

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Consumer Watchdog Requests Radiological Inspection at Hunter’s Point Naval Shipyard As Possibly Contaminated Soil Heads to Landfills Unlicensed for Radioactive Waste

Santa Monica, CA—Consumer Watchdog has called for a state investigation of the cleanup of Hunters Point Naval Shipyard in San Francisco for large amounts of soil that may have been dug up in a radioactively impacted parcel without being checked for contamination and then sent off site for possible disposal in landfills unlicensed to take low-level radioactive waste.

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Mon, Dec 16, 2013

Consumer Groups Win Preliminary Injunction Against Toxics Regulator Over Illegal Disposal of Boeing Radioactive Debris

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Consumer Groups Win Preliminary Injunction Against Toxics Regulator Over Illegal Disposal of Boeing Radioactive Debris

SANTA MONICA, CA –The Sacramento Superior Court granted a motion for preliminary injunction against the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) pending final outcome of a lawsuit filed by Consumer Watchdog counsel and Strumwasser & Woocher on behalf of Consumer Watchdog and three other groups over the illegal demolition and disposal of radioactive debris from Boeing’s Santa Susana nuclear reactor and rocket engine test site.

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Tue, Jul 2, 2013

Toxics Regulator Slaps Polluted Communities in Face with OK to Expand Kettleman City Hazardous Waste Dump

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Toxics Regulator Slaps Polluted Communities in Face with OK to Expand Kettleman City Hazardous Waste Dump

Contact: Liza Tucker Phone: 310-392-7931 direct SANTA MONICA, CA –The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) used a bogus excuse—the promise of cutting the hazardous waste the state produces in half by 2025—to preliminarily approve Chemical Waste Management’s expansion of its hazardous waste landfill at Kettleman City, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Based on this company’s […]

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Thu, May 30, 2013

Consumer Watchdog Requests Financial Audit After Toxics Regulator Reveals $185 Million in Uncollected Cleanup Bills

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Consumer Watchdog Requests Financial Audit After Toxics Regulator Reveals $185 Million in Uncollected Cleanup Bills

SANTA MONICA, CA – Consumer Watchdog called for the California State Auditor to perform a comprehensive financial audit of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) today after, as acknowledged in the Sacramento Bee, the state’s top toxics regulator admitted it had never billed or failed to collect $185 million in reimbursements of public funds […]

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Wed, May 29, 2013

New Documents Reveal Top Toxics Regulator Knew of Exide Safety Risks for Years

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New Documents Reveal Top Toxics Regulator Knew of Exide Safety Risks for Years

Contact: Liza Tucker Phone: 310-392-7931 direct; 626-372-1964 cell SANTA MONICA, CA – New documents reveal that, contrary to its public statements, the state’s top toxics regulator knew about lead and arsenic emissions at Exide Technologies for years but looked the other way, Consumer Watchdog said today. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) suspended Exide’s […]

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Sat, Apr 20, 2013

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

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Earth Day, Earth Spin

It’s Earth Day. Here in California, state regulators are celebrating with their Keep California Beautiful Event that kicks off at the State Capitol followed by cleanup activities, like picking up litter and collecting e-waste, across the State. The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) that protects communities from toxic harm is in on the act […]

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Wed, Apr 10, 2013

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Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

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Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

On Friday, federal accident investigators told California legislators that the state’s patchwork of oil industry regulations needs a serious overhaul. The Chevron fire that produced a toxic cloud and sent 15,000 people to the hospital could have been prevented, but the system was reactive and not designed to foresee and forestall problems, said the U.S. […]

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Sat, Nov 17, 2012

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Dirty Dancing at the DTSC: Toxic Lead Coming to a Landfill Near You

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Dirty Dancing at the DTSC: Toxic Lead Coming to a Landfill Near You

Remember those old, clunky TVs and computer monitors? The ones with Cathode Ray Tubes (CRTs) people threw out in favor of flat screens? Well, now electronics makers don’t want to recycle them. Up until this week, California state law directed certified waste recyclers to sell leaded Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) glass from the old clunkers […]

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