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Senators say state DTSC will cooperate with probe

By Josh Richman
Monday, March 4th, 2013 at 5:18 pm in California State Senate, Ellen Corbett, Environment.

The state Department of Toxic Substances Control’s director promised Monday that she’ll work with state Senate investigators to explore claims that the agency hasn’t properly enforced regulations, lawmakers said.

Senate Majority Leader Ellen Corbett, D-San Leandro, said she and state senators Kevin de Leon, D-Los Angeles, and Ricardo Lara, D-Long Beach, met today with DTSC Director Debbie Raphael regarding recent claims raised in a Consumer Watchdog report and subsequent media stories. The senators have asked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes to launch a probe.

“We must get to the bottom of questions prompted by the Consumer Watchdog report,” Corbett said in a news release. “I appreciate that Ms. Raphael welcomes transparency and accountability. I look forward to the Senate investigation and making whatever changes may be necessary for DTSC to effectively do its job.”

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  • RR senile columnist

    If the agency isn’t doing anything, abolish it. How many environmental oversight bodies do we need?

  • dorrsrebellion

    The agency, as reported, has talent and legal authority. It does a lot of good, but can be thwarted by cynical and manipulative companies who have political backing. Unfortunately, much of the funding for State environmental agencies comes from the people being regulated, and a threat to withhold that funding tends to frighten the agency managers. We need to find additional means of funding the agencies of Cal EPA and reduce their dependence on the perps.

  • Elwood

    “We need to find additional means of funding the agencies of Cal EPA and reduce their dependence on the perps.”

    Sure, why not? The state is rolling in dough.

    Just ask Jerry Brown.