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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 08:00:18 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-brownfields
Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Panel reviews Consumer Watchdog report on California's Toxics Department
State Senate oversight office blasts "misleading" Consumer Watchdog report

By John Hrabe
Cal Newsroom
July 30, 2014

The shoe's on the other foot for Consumer Watchdog.

Routinely critical of state regulators for failing to protect consumers, the consumer advocacy group has been criticized by an independent oversight panel for presenting "incorrect" and "misleading" information to the public.

That's the conclusion of the State Senate's oversight office, which evaluated a 2013 Consumer Watchdog report titled, "Golden Wasteland: Regulating Toxics, or Toxic Regulations?" That Consumer Watchdog report criticized the state Department of Toxic Substances Control for jeopardizing public safety by "allowing serial polluters to cut deals with the department" and "levying wrist-slap penalties instead of applying maximum fines."


Led by former Sacramento Bee reporter John Hill, the Senate investigative unit conducted a line-by-line review of Golden Wasteland. They "found that the report was incorrect, misleading or lacking in context."


For the entire article, see
http://www.calnewsroom.com/2014/07/30/state-senate-oversight-office- blasts-consumer-watchdog-for-misleading-report/


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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