Senators Meet with DTSC, Pursue Investigation

March 04, 2013

SACRAMENTO – The director of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) met with Senators today and pledged to work with Senate investigators exploring allegations that the agency has not properly enforced state regulations.

Senate Majority Leader Ellen M. Corbett (D-East Bay), Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles and Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) met with DTSC Director Debbie Raphael to discuss recent allegations raised by a Consumer Watchdog report and several media stories. The Senators have asked the Senate Office of Oversight and Outcomes to launch an investigation.

After the meeting, the Senators said they are confident that Raphael is taking the allegations seriously and working to improve DTSC’s operations. They thanked her for her openness and willingness to work cooperatively with investigators.

“We must get to the bottom of questions prompted by the Consumer Watchdog report,” Corbett said. “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.”

“I’m confident Ms. Raphael will be able to turn around an entrenched bureaucracy that has not served our citizens, given the rampant violations that have been uncovered recently,” De León said. “I will continue to follow this closely to make sure that the people of California are protected.”

“I look forward to working with all parties involved to find solutions that will protect the health and well-being of our communities,” stated Lara. “I thank Ms. Raphael for the work she is carrying out and for her willingness to work with us and tackle these issues head on.”

Contact: Andrew LaMar, (916) 651-4010