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California: Gov. Jerry Brown (D) this month appointed Deborah Raphael as director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The appointment requires Senate confirmation. Raphael is co-chair of DTSC's Green Ribbon Science Panel, which advises the department on scientific matters, chemical policy recommendations and implementation strategies for the state's green chemistry laws. She's been program director for toxics reduction, green business and green building at the San Francisco Department of the Environment since 1999.