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Senators say state DTSC will cooperate with probe

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.”

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • 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.