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  1. Hi Liz,

    The current system of toxic waste disposal in California is flawed, as the state’s strict regulations are not effectively preventing the transportation of hazardous waste to states with less stringent laws. This undermines the state’s image as a leader in environmental protection and raises concerns about the accountability of the state and corporations involved in waste disposal. To address this issue, there is a need for stronger regulations and increased transparency to ensure the safe and proper disposal of toxic waste within the state and prevent harm to the environment and residents.

    I look forward to our work this semester.


  2. Hi Liz,
    I appreciated your topic and post. I had always held California up to a higher standard in terms of their “image as pro-environment”. I was disappointed when I looked further into the topic.

    Every year, California workers dig up hundreds of thousands of tons of soil contaminated with things like lead, petroleum hydrocarbons and chemicals like DDT. The waste is so toxic, California considers it to be hazardous and requires that it be disposed of at a facility specially designed to handle such dangerous material.

    Or, at least, that would be the requirement if the waste stayed in California. It often doesn’t.

    A CalMatters investigation found that, for decades, California businesses and government agencies have taken hazardous waste over the border and dumped it at regular landfills in states with weaker environmental regulations.

    Among the findings:

    Much of the waste is going to landfills in Arizona and Utah with fewer safeguards and less oversight than permitted hazardous waste disposal facilities.
    Two of the most popular destinations are next to Native American reservations. One of those landfills has a spotty environmental history, Arizona records show.
    One of the biggest out-of-state dumpers is the state’s own Department of Toxic Substances Control which, since 2018, took more than 105,000 tons of lead-contaminated soil from the area around the Exide cleanup in Los Angeles County and disposed of it in Arizona. Most went to a landfill that Arizona regulators labeled in 2021 an “imminent and substantial threat.”

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