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California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

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17. December 2014

California Officials Ready to Spank Oil Companies

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

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5. June 2014

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

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8. April 2014

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

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16. December 2013

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

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29. May 2013

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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Earth Day, Earth Spin

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20. April 2013

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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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Lessons (Not) Learned From the Chevron Fire

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10. April 2013

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

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17. November 2012

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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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Did ‘Don’t Shut It Down’ Mentality Cause Chevron Refinery Disaster?

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17. November 2012

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Did ‘Don’t Shut It Down’ Mentality Cause Chevron Refinery Disaster?

More than two hours passed at Chevron’s Richmond, CA, refinery between the discovery of a leak and the ignition of a blaze that threatened the health of thousands of nearby residents and sent hundreds to hospital emergency rooms Monday night. At any point during those hours, shutting down the big crude-oil processing unit in which […]

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Attack of Noir Satire Hits ‘Arctic Ready’ Shell Oil

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3. August 2012

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Attack of Noir Satire Hits ‘Arctic Ready’ Shell Oil

Shell Oil wants a 90-percent safety reduction in its “Arctic readiness?” No wonder it can’t take a joke, especially from Greenpeace.

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Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

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25. July 2012

Oil vs Water: California’s Underground Battle

The word “fracking” exploded into the American vocabulary just a few years ago. People from Pennsylvania to Wyoming found chemicals creeping into their drinking water; some could light flammable gases straight from the faucet (video).as oil companies injected chemical-laced water deep underground to fracture gas-bearing rock. But in California, a narrow industry definition of fracking and the inattention of regulators kept the state mostly out of the conversation.

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Senator, Energy Investigators Slam Refinery Price Manipulation

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7. June 2012

Senator, Energy Investigators Slam Refinery Price Manipulation

The energy investigators who nailed Enron for energy price manipulation that nearly bankrupted California just took aim at oil refining giants including Chevron and BP. May the refiners’ gasoline-price schemes now come crashing down in an Enron-style heap. We’ve known for years that California and West Coast refiners find endless ways to shut down some […]

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California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

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15. May 2012

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California’s Lofty Perch on Gasoline Prices

California gasoline prices are still soaring, even as the rest of the nation sees falling pump prices. The reason is simple: Refiners control the supply.

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