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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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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC claims its environmental review will delay expanded cleanup of lead from homes near Exide lead smelter for about a year

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Before you read the story below, read what is supposed to be the purpose and mission of the California Department of Toxic Substances, which can be found in the graphic below and on its website. (And why are there so many vacancies in the leadership team at the agency?) Then, ask yourself, what is wrong between this declaration of […]

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EXIDE VERNON: What’s next for Exide lead contamination cleanup after California Senate approves $177 million in funding; Perhaps more than an additional $200 million needed to complete largest environmental cleanup in California history

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Once Brown signs the legislation, the money will immediately become available. It will be used to finish testing soil for lead at up to 10,000 properties in a 1.7 mile radius around the facility and to clean up around 2,500 of the most contaminated properties over a three-year period. But it’s unclear exactly when the work […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Dispute over environmental review stalls Exide emergency cleanup bill

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89.3 KPCC SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Dispute over environmental review stalls Exide emergency cleanup bill  Elizabeth Aguilera March 23 2016 While more testing is expected, Exide and regulators are still negotiating over how to conduct the next stage of the work. The governor’s emergency funding for Exide clean up is stalled in the state Legislature […]

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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 VERNON – Los Angeles Times Editorial: How to pay for cleaning up all of the contamination from the Exide lead smelter

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Although lax enforcement of environmental laws certainly played a part in this 30-year fiasco, Exide ultimately should be held responsible for the expense.  LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL How to pay for cleaning up the Exide mess In a photo taken in 2013 by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control during an inspection, the state wrote […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC borrows $7 million from other hazardous waste cleanups in California as stop-gap measure for testing and lead contamination removal from larger area and possibly as many as 10,000 homes near Exide lead smelter

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KPCC 89.3 New Exide soil removal funds borrowed from other contamination cleanups CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF STORY Molly Peterson August 21, 04:04 PM Toxics regulators announced an additional $7 million for testing and cleanup in an expanded area around the now-closed Exide plant in Vernon, but it did little to mute […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC to begin immediate cleanup of contaminated homes near Exide lead smelter after revelation that up to 10,000 homes could have significant lead exposure

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89.3 KPCC Exide: State to begin immediate cleanup after new report of lead contamination  Molly Peterson August 20, 2015, 8 p.m. PST Equipment for removing lead-polluted soil arrives at a Boyle Heights home in 2014. It’s one of more than 200 homes at which Exide has been required to remove lead contamination. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC CLICK […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC underestimates how many homes have been impacted by contamination from Exide’s lead smelter; Agency now says that up to 10,000 homes could be impacted, with possibly as many as 6,000 needing cleanup; Attorney: ‘It’s one of the largest public health disasters in the state if not the nation’

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CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF AUG. 13 DTSC OVERVIEW OF LEAD CONTAMINATION SAMPLING PROGRAMS CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF AUG. 13 DTSC PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF EXIDE’S LEAD EMISSIONS IN SOIL CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO CBS LOS ANGELES Number Of Potentially Contaminated Homes Near Exide Plant Larger Than Originally Estimated August 13, 2015 10:15 PM By Randy […]

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VERNON EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: DTSC faces tough questions from residents from contaminated neighborhoods near Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES State Regulators Face Tough Questions Over Lead Contamination Near Exide Battery Plant July 24, 2015 12:04 AM VERNON (CBSLA.com) — Concerns continue to mount over lead contamination near the Exide Technologies battery recycling facility. State regulators Thursday night answered some tough questions about the hazardous waste during a public meeting in Boyle Heights. Members of […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC director apologizes to Eastside LA residents for agency failing to protect them from years of Exide’s toxic arsenic and lead emissions and deposition in soil and groundwater contamination

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EGPNEWS.COM DTSC Director Apologizes to Eastside Residents Process to close and clean up Exide facility will begin May 15. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer [Updated: April 16, 12p.m.] “I’m sorry.” Two words Eastside residents never thought they would hear from the state agency charged with regulating a controversial Vernon-based acid-lead battery recycler found to have […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: (Excellent article!) At what point could the DTSC — California’s environmental protection agency — have stopped Exide’s blatant contamination of Vernon and surrounding communities with the long-time criminal operation of its toxic lead smelter? What lessons does DTSC say it’s learned? We believe similar agencies nationwide — from the municipal to the federal level — should pay attention and review their own actions regarding Exide

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She was referring to the impressive level of negligence on the part of the DTSC and other relevant authorities that allowed Exide (and its predecessors) to operate without a formal permit and largely with impunity for decades. As we recently charted here, Exide has repeatedly violated air quality and other standards by improperly storing lead-acid batteries, […]

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