Archive | October, 2015

EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Soil sampling in Maywood, Bell marks new phase in Exide lead pollution investigation

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KPCC 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Soil sampling in Maywood, Bell marks new phase in Exide lead pollution investigation Crews removed soil from remediation areas near Exide last year; now they’re investigating a wider area, as much as 1.7 miles away from the Vernon battery recycler.  MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC Molly Peterson  October 29, 08:06 AM CLICK […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community members pack meeting to express outrage with lack of progress in testing and cleaning up contamination from Exide lead smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES Neighbors Of Exide Battery Plant: State Failing To Test, Clean Up Contaminated Soil October 28, 2015 10:49 PM COMMERCE (CBSLA.com) — Neighbors of the shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon showed up to a packed community meeting on Wednesday night to express their outrage with the lack of progress that has been made in testing and cleaning […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Efforts to clean up contamination from Exide lead smelter incomplete in most cases

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KPCC – 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide cleanup efforts are incomplete in most cases A sign posted in front one of the first houses in Boyle Heights that had its lead-tainted soil removed. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 4:48 minutes October 28 2015 Elizabeth Aguilera The state […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County officials vote on $2 million effort to speed up massive contamination cleanup from Exide’s lead smelter

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BOYLE HEIGHTS BEAT County assigns $2 million to expedite Exide cleanup October 28, 2015 |  By Boyle Heights Beat Photo by Art Torres The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will spend $2 million to help speed the cleanup of contaminated soil in Boyle Heights and other Eastside neighborhoods near the closed Exide battery recycling plant in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Many who lived or worked near violation-ridden Exide lead smelter now face cancer, respiratory illnesses

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Salvador Andrade worked in the Exide facility for 28 years. He remembers how black smoke from the plant, a byproduct of burning as many as 40,000 used batteries a day, would cling to his clothes. Those smokestacks spewed toxic emissions for eight decades before it shut down earlier this year. Andrade had to quit working […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County supervisor calls for immediate action regarding lead contamination found near Exide smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES County Supervisor Calls For Immediate Action Regarding Lead Contamination Near Exide Facility October 20, 2015 6:59 PM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Days after experts confirmed CBS2’s Randy Paige’s findings of lead contamination near a former Exide Battery-Recycling Facility, Los Angeles County Supervisor Linda Solis has called for immediate action in a motion […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Why does it take KCBS to do top toxics regulator’s job?

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CAPITOL WATCHDOG Why Does It Take KCBS To Do Top Toxics Regulator’s Job? Submitted by Liza Tucker on Thu, 10/15/2015 – 12:11 UPDATE: 12 hours after we posted this blog, top DTSC and Los Angeles County Environmental Health Department inspectors descended on a home where a toddler lives near the now-shuttered Exide lead battery recycler […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: CBS2/KCAL investigation forces DTSC investigators to confirm much-worse-than-previously thought hazardous-waste level of lead contamination from Exide’s lead smelter found in Boyle Heights backyards where children play, in front yards of homes, along sidewalks and in the storm channel that leads to the Los Angeles River; Very high levels of contamination threatens health of children and adults in the area

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Los Angeles County Director of Environmental Health Angelo Bellomo says that if the State doesn’t notify the residents of the dangers in the estimated 10,000 homes, then the County will. State and County investigators today said that the contamination CBS2/KCAL9 found requires, “immediate action”. The real question is, how many more days will the children […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Frustrated residents still await contamination cleanup from Exide lead smelter

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CBS2/KCAL9 rented a device certified by the EPA to provide instant readings of the amount of lead in soil or dust. The state says that residential soil with more than 80 parts per million should be removed because even tiny amounts of lead can affect young children’s brains, causing learning disabilities and other serious problems. The […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE UPDATE: Exide gets a pass to keep polluting Muncie

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CLICK TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE HOOSIER ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL CLICK TO READ COMMUNITY COALITION’S COMMENTS TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MUNCIEVOICE.COM Exide Technologies Gets a Pass to Keep Polluting Muncie Despite Calls from Elected Officials, Environmental and Health Groups, Feds Deny Requests for Added Protections from Lead Pollution MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Brown signs bill that increases DTSC’s power

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LOS ANGELES TIMES California’s toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth Neighbors of the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant, shown, have complained that the state has been too slow to test and clean up lead-contaminated parcels surrounding the Vernon plant, which is now closed.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) October 2, 2015, 7:59 p.m. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: “How much are these Brown lives worth?”: Latino community says Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter poisoned them

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“The fact that [Exide] was allowed to operate for so long in violation of basic environmental standards definitely makes it a poster child of environmental injustice,” said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley. THE DAILY BEAST SICKENING ‘How Much Are These Brown Lives Worth?’: Latino Community Says Lead Battery Recycling […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE BREAKING NEWS: In proposed settlement of Exide’s violations of the Clean Air Act, Exide and U.S. Justice Department reject residents and community pleas to install available equipment that works better to reduce toxic lead emissions from the violating smelter.

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THE MUNCIE STAR PRESS Environmental groups unhappy with lead smelter settlement September 29, 2015 MUNCIE, IND. — A proposed settlement of alleged Clean Air Act violations involving a Muncie company’s lead smelter has upset environmental groups because the agreement doesn’t require the firm to retrofit its complex with equipment that could dramatically cut lead emissions. The […]

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