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EXIDE VERNON: Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon

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The executive summary of the environmental impact report is here. The nearly 1,200-page report is published in two sections; volume one is here, and volume two is here. 89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon Exide agreed to shut down in 2015 to […]

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EXIDE VERNON: State testing more schools, parks and day-care centers for lead danger from Exide’s closed smelter

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Soil sampling records show the vast majority of homes tested so far near Exide have lead levels above the state standard of 80 parts per million. Many properties exceed the federal standard of 400 ppm considered hazardous in bare soil where children play. And some have readings well above the hazardous waste level of 1,000 ppm. […]

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CALL TO ACTION: Scientists call for action to reduce exposure to toxic chemicals like lead because of alarming increase in learning and behavioral problems in children

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Project TENDR: Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks. The TENDR Consensus Statement  PDF Version (181 KB) Summary About This Article SUMMARY: Children in America today are at an unacceptably high risk of developing neurodevelopmental disorders that affect the brain and nervous system including autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, intellectual disabilities, and other learning and behavioral disabilities. These are complex […]

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NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK: Coalition of national organizations send call to action to President Obama for U.S. finally to end lead exposure and poisoning for children

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FRIENDS OF THE EARTH Health, environment & children’s groups call for national strategy to end lead poisoning and lead exposure Posted Oct. 24, 2016 / Posted by: Kate Colwell Coalition asks federal agencies to make National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week more than symbolic WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of organizations across the country have sent a call […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: — WHY??? — Toxic, brain-damaging lead levels 100 times higher than health limits found in soil of homes near Exide lead smelter; DTSC, state regulators refuse to release majority of contamination readings for most of affected properties

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Homes, schools and at least one day-care center near a shuttered Vernon battery recycler are contaminated with higher levels of brain-damaging lead than previously disclosed, with soil samples at one property as much as 100 times above California’s health standard, state and county records show. Yet it remains unclear where and at what concentrations the poisonous […]

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REUTERS INVESTIGATES – Unsafe at Any Level: Millions of American children missing early lead tests

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This article makes no mention of children living near lead smelters, such as those operated by Exide and RSR Corp. California and Texas, among other states, do not require blood lead level testing of children at the age of one and two years old (see chart below). REUTERS INVESTIGATES: Unsafe at Any Level Millions of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – MEDIA ROUNDUP – Analysis finds higher levels of lead in blood of young children living near Exide lead smelter

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89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Analysis finds high blood lead levels near Exide, doesn’t answer why BY Paul Glickman April 08 2016 The former Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. MAE RYAN/KPCC CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 0:43 secondsYoung children living near the former Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Vernon mother says Exide has poisoned neighborhoods for children

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CBS LOS ANGELES Only On 9: Vernon Mother Says Exide Plant Has Poisoned The Area For Children July 25, 2015 9:34 AM BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A Vernon woman has opened up to CBS2/KCAL9 about what it’s like raising her son in a home surrounded by soil known to be contaminated with lead. Terry Cano’s […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Test results show that lead contamination from Exide’s toxic smelter may be worse and more widespread than originally thought

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 CBS LOS ANGELES Lead Contamination Near Exide Plant May Be Worse Than Previously Thought July 8, 2015 9:00 PM Randy Paige BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Lead contamination near the Exide Technologies battery-recycling facility in Vernon could be far worse than previously thought. According to environmental health experts, the contamination goes far beyond areas previously known, reported CBS2’s […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: 12 schools near Exide smelter to be tested for lead

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The state department of Toxic Substances Control has tested soil surrounding the homes, parks and private schools in the area, and preliminary results showed widespread contamination. CBS LOS ANGELES 12 Schools Near Exide Plant To Be Tested For Lead June 12, 2015 8:00 PM  BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — After a year of fighting, a dozen schools near […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS (Updated): 2/3 of results from second round of soil sampling in neighborhoods near contaminated Exide lead smelter show lead levels above safe standards – like in first round of sampling in December — By May 15, Exide must present DTSC plan for safe removal of buildings on smelter site and for the clean up of hazardous waste, including soil and groundwater contamination

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CBS LOS ANGELES Results From More Soil Sampling Near Now-Closed Exide Plant Released May 6, 2015 11:05 PM Dozens of residents in the area gathered at Resurrection Church in Los Angeles to hear the results of more soil sampling. Soil from 146 properties was tested, including Terry Cano’s, whose soil tested above 1,000 parts per million. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: WHAT PART OF VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION AFTER VIOLATION FOR DECADES DOES GOV. JERRY BROWN, ELECTED OFFICIALS AT ALL LEVELS, THE DTSC, THE SCAQMD AND THE EPA NOT GET? SERIOUSLY! — State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide lead smelter in Vernon; Protecting neighborhoods/environment a matter of Life or Death

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Senate oversight hearing expected to focus on state regulators’ handling of Exide plant in Vernon State Senate leader urges regulators to close Exide plant in Vernon Boyle Heights resident Veta Gashgai, holding her son, at a news conference last year with other opponents of the Exide battery-recycling plant in Vernon. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Blood lead testing extended for residents near Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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EGPNEWS.COM Lead Blood Testing Extended for Residents Near Exide Only 500 people have been tested so far. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer Since hearing that elevated levels of lead were found in soil at Salazar Park in unincorporated East Los Angeles, Reina Rodriguez says she rarely takes her 4-year old son there to play. […]

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EXIDE VERNON MEDIA ROUNDUP – Second phase of cleanup of lead-contaminated soil from homes near Exide lead smelter begins

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide Residential Cleanup Continues By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer On the quiet block of La Puerta Avenue in Boyle Heights, a small bobcat bulldozer was in high gear last week, removing dirt from homes where high levels of lead were found. At least one hundred wheelbarrows of tainted soil were removed from two […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health asks Southern California health educators to help promote blood lead screenings in East Los Angeles neighborhoods near violation-ridden Exide lead smelter

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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is responding to concerns about lead exposure in communities near the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in the city of Vernon, California.  Public Health is offering free, confidential Blood Lead Screening for any resident, student, employee, or childcare participant within an […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Lead worries deepen near Exide lead smelter in Vernon

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Lead worries deepen near Exide plant in Vernon Discovery of potent neurotoxin in neighbors’ yards compounds fears of pollution from the Vernon battery recycler. Crystal Garcia, 26, is concerned about the safety of her children — Melonie, 4, left, and Jesse, 3 — since elevated levels of lead have been found in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUND-UP: Lead found in soil of homes, pre-school near Exide smelter; health alert issued – March 21 set as deadline for Exide to come up with plan to protect children and pregnant women

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CLICK HERE TO READ DTSC FACT SHEET ABOUT EXIDE LEAD CONTAMINATION OF SOIL  The state found that every home tested had lead contamination in the soil that exceeded California’s screening level of 80 parts per million. One home in Boyle Heights had samples above 580 parts per million. The preschool, which is farther north, was […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Proposition 65 required warning about Exide lead smelter’s contamination of surrounding area

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Newspaper ad published today with Proposition 65 required warning of the contamination of areas surrounding Exide’s Vernon lead smelter. Please share! Also on Lead Free Frisco facebook page.  

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TIME TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: Exide’s and others’ ongoing toxic contamination of communities across the U.S. without significant consquences is due to total systemic failure of municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to meet their responsibilities to protect people and the environment. This LA Times special report documents failure at the state level…

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…Connect the special investigative report by The Los Angeles Times below with the great investigative work done by respected media organizations like USA Today and NPR and The Center for Public Integrity and Bill Moyers & Company, as well as the ongoing, ground-breaking research work being done by globally respected scientists such as Dr. Howard […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon City Council supports proposed new AQMD rule that would set stricter lead emission standards for large lead smelters like Exide, as well as establish arsenic emission standards for the first time. Exide Update page added to City’s website

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 In his letter to the AQMD, McCormick said he wants to “ensure that everything possible is being done by [AQMD] to protect the health and safety of our residents.” PAR 1420.1 would implement stricter air emission standards for large lead-acid battery recycling facilities. Currently, Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco Inc. in the City of […]

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