LOS ANGELES, CA – Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, released the following statement after the Board of Supervisors approved her motion directing the County’s Legislative Advocates in Sacramento to support Assembly Bill (AB) 1, introduced by Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia, which includes necessary reforms to improve and increase transparency, oversight, and accountability of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).

“While I am pleased that over 2,000 residential properties contaminated by Exide have been cleaned up to date, this pace is still too slow. The longer the cleanup takes, the longer our East and Southeast Los Angeles communities will continue to be exposed to toxic lead, arsenic and other dangerous contaminants.

“I have heard directly from residents and community stakeholders, who live near hazardous waste facilities, that the DTSC has historically been an agency that isn’t transparent or held accountable.

“A well-functioning DTSC is critical to protecting the public from contamination from hazardous waste facilities and ensuring taxpayers are not left on the hook financially for corporate polluters’ actions. AB 1 will reform DTSC into an entity that will prevent the next Exide and oversee the management of hazardous waste in California in a transparent manner that fully protects all communities and public health.

“I thank Assemblywoman Garcia for her efforts to safeguard the health and well-being of our families and seek effective and equitable solutions in the fight towards environmental justice. The County of Los Angeles remains committed to protecting our communities and public health, irrespective of zip code or socioeconomic status.”

To view the motion, visit http://file.lacounty.gov/SDSInter/bos/supdocs/153650.pdf.

CONTACT: Kimberly Ortega, Acting Communications Director, (213) 361-6435 or KOrtega@bos.lacounty.gov