New DTSC program to watch

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, Nov. 6, 2009 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Gale Filter, Program Director for Cal EPA’s Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) Enforcement and Emergency Response Program, has recently proposed a fundamental change in environmental enforcement.  The proposal calls for the creation of green jobs and utilizes environmental enforcement tools such as predictive policing, data-mining techniques and community-based prosecution.  Filter will make an initial presentation to the Certified Unified Program Agencies (CUPA) Forum Board in December. CUPA members are often staff from local county health or fire departments.

The program is community focused and will use data obtained through a process called "ground truthing."  This process begins when volunteers in the community are trained to recognize and map hazardous and sensitive sites.  The volunteers then conduct inventories of the businesses in their neighborhood.  One ground truthing exercise has already been completed in Los Angeles.  Enforcement bus tours are also planned. 

A source reports that the program will place a higher priority on community-based facility inspections than those from its own department engineers. 

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