Mar 23, 2015

Timeline: The Unraveling and Remaking of the State'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, audi...

  • Jan 9, 2014

    Metal Pollutants Still Deemed ‘Safe' Despite Toxics Dept.'s Internal 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 subject of a decade-long debate, which calls into question the department’s effectiveness. Vicky Nguyen reports in an ongoing...
  • Jan 9, 2014

    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

  • Jan 9, 2014

    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.

  • Jan 9, 2014

    DTSC Second-in-Command 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 an investigation that aired on May 13, 2013.

  • Jan 9, 2014

    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 department regulates.

  • Jan 9, 2014

    DTSC Leaders Have Owned Major Stock in Companies the Department Oversees

    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.

  • Jan 9, 2014

    Insiders Say CA Toxic Regulation is Weak

    California has some of the strictest anti-pollution laws in the nation but sources in the DTSC say those laws are being ignored. Vicky Nguyen investigates claims of major problems in the department. This story aired on February 20, 2013.

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