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Members of the Los Angeles Hazmat team prepare to clean the park in front of City Hall in downtown in the early hours of November 30, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
The The Department of Toxic Substances Control is charged with protecting people and the environment from the harmful effects of toxic substances. And there's a lot of them, for example, California produces more than two million tons of hazardous waste each year.
But a new report from the group Consumer Watchdog finds the DTSC isn't pulling its weight.
Liza Tucker, the author of that report, joins the show to explain.