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Investigation Finds "Major Problems" in CA Toxics Dept.

Investigation Finds "Major Problems" in CA Toxics Dept.

The Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes investigation finds problems inside the state’s toxics regulator more than a year after NBC Bay Area and a watchdog organization first exposed department-wide failures. Read More

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Thursday, Aug 7, 2014
Timeline:The Unraveling of CA's Toxics Regulator

Timeline:The Unraveling of CA's Toxics Regulator

In the year and a half since NBC Bay Area News first launched Toxic Regulation: Failures in the Golden State, the Department of Toxic Substances Control has faced serious scrutiny from lawmakers, auditors, ethics investigators, and... Read More

Thursday, Jan 23, 2014
After Fires, City Leaders Call for More Accountability

After Fires, City Leaders Call for More Accountability

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

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014
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Control answered tough questions from the Senate Environmental Quality Committee about permitting delays and an outdated hazardous waste tracking system.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

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013
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 renewals... Read More

Thursday, Sep 5, 2013
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 the... Read More

Monday, Dec 16, 2013
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

Tuesday, Aug 13, 2013
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

Thursday, May 30, 2013
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

Monday, May 13, 2013
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

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