May 20, 2017

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 hazard...

  • Jan 16, 2014

    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Control answered tough questions from the Senate Environmental Quality Committee about permitting delays and an outdated hazardous waste tracking system.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 that aired January 15, 2013.

  • Jan 9, 2014

    Review Finds California Toxics Regulator “Poorly Managed,” Lacks Standards

    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 take an average of four years. The review blames poor management and under staffing.

  • 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.

  • Dec 17, 2013

    Toxics Department Makes Few Concrete Changes 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. Vicky Nguyen continues her series about the Department of Toxic Substances Control in a story that aired on December 16, 2013....
  • Oct 9, 2013

    Review Finds CA Toxics Regulator “Poorly Managed” and Lacks Standards

    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 take an average of four years. The review blames poor management and understaffing. Vicky Nguyen continues the investigat...
  • Sep 6, 2013

    Metal Pollutants Still Deemed Safe Despite Toxics Departments 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...
  • Aug 14, 2013

    DTSC Director Answers Critics

    For the first time, the director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control addresses whistleblowers’ claims that regulators continually put polluters before the public. Deborah Raphael came under fire in February for leading a department accused failing to protect the people and environment of California. Vicky Nguyen reports in a story that ai...
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