After Fires, City Leaders Call for More Accountability

After Fires, City Leaders Call for More Accountability

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After two fires in November and December at Sims Metal Management's auto shredder facility in Redwood City, city leaders are calling on regulators to do more to help protect residents from future incidents. Read More

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Jan 15, 2014 Share
Toxic Regulators Questioned at Senate Oversight Hearing

Toxic Regulators Questioned at Senate Oversight Hearing

Leaders at the Department of Toxic Substances Control answered tough questions from the Senate Environmental Quality Committee about permitting delays and an outdated hazardous waste tracking system. Vicky Nguyen reports in a story Read More

Dec 16, 2013 Share
Toxics Department Vows to Improve Permitting Program

Toxics Department Vows to Improve Permitting Program

State toxics regulators addressed problems with their office of permitting on Monday—10 months after the Investigative Unit first raised questions about the way the department grants permits to hazardous waste facilities. Read More

Oct 8, 2013 Share
Review Finds CA Toxics Regulator "Poorly Managed"

Review Finds CA Toxics Regulator "Poorly Managed"

After a comprehensive review of the Department of Toxic Substances Control’s permit process, auditors with California Personnel Services found the permit process lacks “clearly stated objectives and purposes” and permit... Read More

Sep 5, 2013 Share
Metal Pollutants Deemed 'Safe' Despite Toxics Dept.'s Warnings

Metal Pollutants Deemed 'Safe' Despite Toxics Dept.'s Warnings

Metal shredder residue would be the single biggest hazardous waste stream in the state—if the state’s toxics regulators classified all of it that way. Why the Department of Toxic Substances Control has failed to do so is... Read More

Aug 13, 2013 Share
State Toxics Director Answers Critics

State Toxics Director Answers Critics

Deborah Raphael sits down with NBC Bay Area for the first time since Investigative Unit reports prompted state senate and ethics investigations Read More

May 30, 2013 Share
DTSC Admits It Failed to Collect Millions Owed to CA

DTSC Admits It Failed to Collect Millions Owed to CA

The Department of Toxic Substances Control has admitted that it failed to follow up on hundreds of millions of dollars owed to the state by polluters. Read More

May 13, 2013 Share
Second-in-Command at DTSC Steps Down

Second-in-Command at DTSC Steps Down

DTSC Chief Deputy Director Odette Madriago steps down just weeks after NBC Bay Area uncovered a stock portfolio full of investments into companies the department regulates. Vicky Nguyen reports on this latest development in... Read More

Apr 2, 2013 Share
DTSC Second-in-Command Now Focus of Ethics Investigation

DTSC Second-in-Command Now Focus of Ethics Investigation

The Fair Political Practices Commission has launched a formal investigation into DTSC’s chief deputy director Odette Madriago to determine whether she violated conflict of interest laws by investing in companies the... Read More

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DTSC Leaders Have Owned Stock in Companies They Oversee

DTSC Leaders Have Owned Stock in Companies They Oversee

Economic Interest Forms obtained by the Investigative Unit show two top DTSC staffers held stock for the past seven years in companies such as Chevron, General Electric and Abbott Laboratories—companies the department regulates. Read More

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