San Francisco Bay Branch Meeting - 13th Annual DTSC Regulator Update


The San Francisco Bay Branch is pleased to present:

13th Annual DTSC Regulator Update


Janet Naito, Branch Chief, Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program (Cleanup Program)

John Karachewski, Ph.D., CHG, Engineering Geologist, Geological Services Unit, Brownfields and Environmental Restoration (Cleanup Program)

Michael Pixton, Senior Environmental Scientist, Hazardous Waste Management Program (Enforcement and State Oversight Branch)

Wednesday, June 20th


The mission of the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) is to protect California’s citizens and environment from the harmful effects of toxic substances through the restoration of contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging chemically safer products. Join Janet Naito, John Karachewski, and Michael Pixton for an overview of DTSC programs, initiatives, and new activities.

Topics will include:

  • DTSC News
  • Program and personnel changes
  • Contaminated soil dialogue
  • Environmental justice and tribal consultation
  • Update on Cal/EPA vapor intrusion workgroup
  • Remediation and redevelopment case histories
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and applications
  • Emergency response and wildland fires


Janet Naito is Branch Chief for the Brownfields and Environmental Restoration Program (Cleanup Program) in the Berkeley Office. In her role as branch chief, Ms. Naito manages a staff of 35 who oversee soil, soil vapor, and groundwater contamination sites throughout the San Francisco Bay region and the North Coast. Ms. Naito also supports policy, regulatory, and cost recovery issues in the department. Ms. Naito joined DTSC in 1987 and is a UC Berkeley graduate.

John Karachewski PhD, CHG provides geological and GIS support for Bay Area projects. John has over 34 years of experience conducting geology and environmental projects from Colorado to Alaska to Midway Island and throughout California. John served as president for the GRA San Francisco Bay Branch and volunteers for the Education Committee. He is also program chair for the Northern California Geological Society. He teaches GIS classes for Diablo Valley College and leads field trips for the Point Reyes National Seashore Association. He was also the photographer for Doris Sloan's book on the Geology of the San Francisco Bay Region published by UC Press.

Michael Pixton is Senior Environmental Scientist in the Hazardous Waste Management Program (Enforcement and State Oversight Branch). Since joining DTSC in 1989, Michael has conducted a wide variety of hazardous waste inspections at mixed waste, operations & maintenance (groundwater), transport, and treatment facilities. He has also conducted emergency response as well as removal actions at abandoned businesses, drug labs, and after wildland fires. He is a graduate of California State University – Stanislaus.

-$50 for Members
-$55 for Non-Members
-$10 for Student attendees 

-Salmon Alla Bella
-Chicken Breast and Wild Mushroom Piccata
-Wild Mushroom or Roasted Vegetable Ravioli


GRA San Francisco Bay Branch is interested in supporting university science students. Our Scholastic Sponsorship Program is an opportunity to publicize your business while contributing toward a good cause. Your sponsorship will be acknowledged in the announcement, at the meeting, and space will be provided for a small display and brochures. Please contact Abigail Madrone at for details.

If you have any announcements or questions, please contact the Branch Vice President, Bill DeBoer ( at 925-212-1630, or Branch Treasurer David W. Abbott ( at 510-928-4543.

We are actively looking for potential speakers. If you have a topic or suggestion, please contact the Branch Vice President, Bill DeBoer ( at 925-212-1630.


Wed, June 20, 2018
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

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