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Golden Wasteland

Golden Wasteland

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Golden Wasteland is a six-month long study by Consumer Watchdog of The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the job it's doing to protect Californians and the environment from toxic harm. Based on interviews with DTSC staff, present and former, as well as environmental lawyers, prosecutors, advocates, consultants, and affected communities, it is clear that the DTSC is falling down on the job. We have some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement. The DTSC epitomizes this problem, allowing serial polluters to cut deals with the department out of court time and again instead of revoking their permits, letting polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time, and levying wrist-slap penalties instead of applying maximum fines. The DTSC sits on its hands while hazardous waste management companies and large-scale generators of hazardous waste poison communities. In some cases, people are likely dying. Meantime, enforcement has crumbled at the DTSC and we have no cop on the beat. It's time for Governor Jerry Brown and DTSC Director Debbie Raphael to replace top managers at the department and reform this toxic regulator so it becomes the regulator of toxics that it is supposed to be.
Golden Wasteland is a six-month long study by Consumer Watchdog of The Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and the job it's doing to protect Californians and the environment from toxic harm. Based on interviews with DTSC staff, present and former, as well as environmental lawyers, prosecutors, advocates, consultants, and affected communities, it is clear that the DTSC is falling down on the job. We have some of the toughest environmental laws in the nation, and some of the weakest enforcement. The DTSC epitomizes this problem, allowing serial polluters to cut deals with the department out of court time and again instead of revoking their permits, letting polluters operate on expired permits for years at a time, and levying wrist-slap penalties instead of applying maximum fines. The DTSC sits on its hands while hazardous waste management companies and large-scale generators of hazardous waste poison communities. In some cases, people are likely dying. Meantime, enforcement has crumbled at the DTSC and we have no cop on the beat. It's time for Governor Jerry Brown and DTSC Director Debbie Raphael to replace top managers at the department and reform this toxic regulator so it becomes the regulator of toxics that it is supposed to be.

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Published by: Consumer Watchdog on Feb 21, 2013
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REGULATING TOXICS, OR TOXIC REGULATION?
By Liza Tucker, Consumer Watchdog
2701 Ocean Park Blvd. Suite 112, Santa Monica, CA 90405 310-392-0522
 
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY—4
AMONG THE REPORT’S FINDINGS ARE:—6ENFORCEMENT:—7TRANSPARENCY:—7INDEPENDENCE:—7
The Permitting Universe Map—9DTSC Active Corrective-action sites map—10Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) Map—11
HOW WE GOT HERE—12
 WEAK ENFORCEMENT—12LACK OF COOPERATION—13PASSING THE BUCK —13BUSINESS MANIPULATION—16DROPPING THE BALL—17
LOOKING THE OTHER WAY—19
LACK OF WILL: CHEVRON —19SWEEPING POWERS —22
Chevron Richmond Refinery Overview—24Juggling Jurisdictions Map—25
KEEP THE CLIENT HAPPY—26
EVERGREEN OIL—26NEGOTIATING FINES—27ECONOMY TRUMPS COMMUNITY—28SHOW ME THE MONEY: FINANCIAL ASSURANCE THATYOU CAN CLEAN UP—29PERMIT HAND OUTS—31PHIBRO-TECH—32SKIPPING ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTS —34RESIDENTS ABANDONED—35 WILDOMAR—36
Evergreen Oil Overview—40Chemical Waste Management Overview—41Phibro-Tech Overview—42CleanTech Environmental Overview—43Autumnwood Overview—44
Table Of COnTenTs
 
KEPT IN THE DARK—45
CRT GLASS—45METAL SHREDDERS—46MECCA—48DATA DISASTER—50COMMUNITIES WANT JUSTICE—51
 Western Environmental Overview—53
STACKING THE DECK—54
CRONYISM TRUMPS QUALIFICATIONS —54 WHO WIELDS POWER—55
 WEALTH OVER HEALTH—57
SOME THINGS NEVER CHANGE—57BOEING—58
Boeing, Santa Susana Lab Overview—62
RECOMMENDATIONS—63
FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT AND REFORM—63ENVIRONMENTAL ENFORCEMENT—64PERMITTING—64TRANSPARENCY—64CONCLUSION—65
END NOTES—67
Table Of COnTenTs, COnTInUeD

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