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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide can’t put together proper closure plan, but absolves itself of blame for California’s largest toxic cleanup and public health threat

STREETSBLOGLA.COM Exide: Can’t Put Together Proper Closure Plan but Absolves Itself of Blame for Massive Public Health Disaster Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Sahra Sulaiman “I want you to take a good look at me, ” a fragile-looking young man with a curved spine, hunched shoulders, and gangly arms addressed members of the Exide Community Advisory Committee […]

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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: 58th District Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia issues statement regarding latest DTSC revelation that lead contamination from Exide smelter is much wider than originally thought, and that testing now show residents in City of Commerce are also affected; Calls situation ‘full-blown public health emergency’ and for DTSC to begin cleanup immediately

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Statement from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Addressing Lead Contamination by Exide in the City of Commerce Friday, August 21, 2015 As we learned with last night’s announcement by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), lead contamination spewed by the Exide battery plant knows no political or jurisdictional boundaries and testing now shows residents in the City […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Where will California get the more than $390 million required to clean up lead contamination from possibly as many as 10,000 homes near Exide smelter?

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CBS LOS ANGELES   Where Will State Get The More Than $390M Required To Clean Up Homes Contaminated By Exide Battery Plant August 21, 2015 9:35 PM HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA.com)  —  By all accounts, the numbers are staggering. As many as 10,000 homes contaminated. As much as $400 million to clean up the toxic mess left […]

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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: Residents express ire about decades of irresponsible oversight from municipal to federal level of violation-ridden Exide lead smelter and slow pace and underestimated scope of cleanup

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“Why am I hearing about a plan to make another plan?” said Terry Gonzalez-Cano, whose Boyle Heights home was tested last year. She said the tests of her yard detected lead levels as high as 1,550 parts per million and that she was still waiting for it to be cleaned up. Clean up the properties […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Brown urged to appoint independent oversight of cleanup of possibly up to 10,000 homes contaminated with toxic lead dust from Exide smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: L.A. County supervisor wants independent oversight Shown is the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA A Los Angeles County supervisor is urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an independent expert to oversee a soil cleanup of potentially […]

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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: Removal of Exide’s toxic lead from thousands of homes will be largest cleanup of its kind in California and among the largest nationally

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: Toxic lead removal could be California’s biggest yet Workers remove topsoil from homes in the 1200 block of South Indiana Street in Boyle Heights that may have been contaminated by lead from an Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.  (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA The task of removing […]

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EXIDE VERNON COMMUNITY MEETING: Exide Advisory Group Meeting to be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at HUNTINGTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

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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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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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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 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: DTSC orders Exide to completely remove blast furnace feed material that Exide was supposed to have moved in May and is still storing in an unauthorized manner; DTSC says continued storage of the toxic material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to human health and the environment; DTSC gives Exide until July 8 to submit new plan that includes moving of hazardous material to facility authorized to accepted toxic waste (MAKE NOTE FOLKS IN MUNCIE, INDIANA); Exide update summary indicates that loose lead and other materials may already have been moved to Exide’s Munice lead smelter, and such must be done in accordance with an approved Closure Plan, BUT DTSC has not approved such a plan for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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DTSC is concerned that the feed material in the Blast Furnace Feed Room has not yet been completely removed. As stated in the letter dated May 13, 2015, DTSC has already determined that storage of this material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to protect human health and the environment. Storage of this material […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: California Department of Toxic Substances issues Exide a Notice of Deficiency for its proposed closure plan for its troubled lead smelter; DTSC details how Exide’s plan did not fulfill standards specified in the California Code of Regulations for closure of hazardous waste facilities

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On June 17, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances issued Exide a NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY FOR CLOSURE PLAN regarding the company’s proposed plan to close its troubled and toxic lead smelter. Exide submitted the plan on May 15. According to the DTSC: “The Notice of Deficiency is extensive. The Notice of Deficiency provides comments that […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Jerry Brown establishes independent panel to oversee reform of California’s troubled Department of Toxic Substance Control

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Outside panel will oversee California’s troubled toxic waste regulator The Department of Toxic Substances Control visits the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon in 2014. (Department of Toxic Substances Control) By TONY BARBOZA The budget signed this week by Gov. Jerry Brown establishes an independent panel to oversee the California Department of Toxic […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Communities tell DTSC their concerns about agency’s continued “poor outreach” to citizens about Exide lead smelter

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“There’s a long history of injustice in this whole Exide issue,” Mark Lopez, of East Yard Communities told EGP. “There is a continuance of frustration over the inclusion of the community and the inadequate outreach by DTSC.” EGPNEWS.COM Communities Near Exide Put DTSC on Notice Only a few dozen people showed up last week for […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: South Coast Air Quality Management District defends efforts to assess an additional $80 million in environmental penalties against Exide

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LAW 360 Calif. Air Regulator Defends $80M Exide Enforcement Action By Ben Conarck Law360, New York (June 18, 2015, 6:01 PM ET) — A California air pollution regulator backed its push to hit Exide Technologies Inc. with environmental penalties totaling up to $80 million in Delaware bankruptcy court on Thursday, dismissing the battery maker’s argument that the […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: SCAQMD seeks at least an additional $20 million in civil penalties – bringing total to $80 million – in amended lawsuit against Exide for dozens of alleged violations of excess emissions of lead and arsenic and more; Exide asks its bankruptcy judge to block the claims

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REUTERS Exide says California claims an ‘end run’ around Ch. 11 Fri Jun 5, 2015 6:55am EDT BY JIM CHRISTIE Exide Technologies Inc has asked the judge in its bankruptcy case to block new claims in an environmental agency’s lawsuit in California that aim to increase penalties against the battery maker to at least $80 million. […]

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