New DTSC Director

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, May 13, 2011 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

Last week, Governor Jerry Brown announced Debbie Raphael as his choice for Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC).  Leonard Robinson has been filling in as Acting Director since Maziar Movassaghi resigned in early January.  Movassaghi was Director during the Department’s work on the final draft of Green Chemistry regulations (since rescinded).

A 51-year old democrat from San Rafael, Ms. Raphael has been the program director for toxics reduction, green business, and green building at the San Francisco Department of the Environment since 1999. From 1993 to1999, she was a senior environmental program manager at the City of Santa Monica. Raphael is a co-chair of the Green Ribbon Science Panel which includes experts from around the country to advise DTSC on Green Chemistry issues.

Raphael has stated that her first priorities are to evaluate the agency’s performance and to advance the development of the Green Chemistry regulations in a manner that is "meaningful and practical."  Raphael has declined to project a timetable for completion of those regulations.

The position of DTSC Director requires Senate confirmation.

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