The People's Senate
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In California, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is charged with protecting all residents from toxic exposure, yet DTSC seems more interested in protecting the economic interests of polluting industries rather than the health of California residents. DTSC fails to clean contaminated sites and www.mapaction.org permits facilities in California's most vulnerable communities, allowing companies to continually violate the State's environmental laws. Not only has DTSC failed to protect communities, they have excluded those most affected from the decision-making process. The People's Senate addresses this gap and shifts the power to communities.
The Senate is a member driven group representing communities across the state affected by DTSC's failures. The group was founded on the ffrim.org belief that residents must be included in and lead the decision-making processes that affect their communities. The Senate meets on a regular basis to develop and implement a vision to reform DTSC and the future of hazardous waste management in California.
Vision for reform
In August of 2014 the People's Senate released a report chronicling their stories and outlining their vision for reform at DTSC. Parts of their vision were written into Senate Bill 812, a 2014 bill that would have helped to increase transparency and accountability at DTSC, but was vetoed by Governor Brown.
Click here to read the full report. Some of the key initiatives in the report include:
+ Establishing an Office of Internal Affairs to conduct complete, objective, and independent investigations of agency and/or employee misconduct.
+ Creating a Community Oversight Committee, which would act as a community driven watchdog of the agency.
+ Requiring a neutral third party to conduct testing at sites suspected of exposing residents to toxic substances.
+ Increasing public access to DTSC information.
Senate members represent local community groups and partner with organizations including: Center for Community Action and assistance Environmental Justice - Concerned Neighbors of Wildomar – Committee for a Better Arvin – Committee for a Better Shafter - Communities for a Better Environment - Los Angeles Human Right to Housing Collective - Neighbors Against Phibro-Tech – Physicians for Social Responsibility Los Angeles - Teens Against Toxins
The Senate represents 14 communities fighting local hazards in 6 counties across the state. Learn more about some of the communities via our fact sheets:
Return to main Toxic Free Communities page.