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EXIDE VERNON: Residents in ‘limbo’ as regulators delay cleaning any lead-tainted homes near Exide smelter

Exide East LA Residents Demand Cleanup

Adding to residents’ anxiety are new records from the toxic substances department that indicate hundreds of homes with high lead contamination levels might not be cleaned after the state spends $176.6 million set aside by lawmakers for soil testing and remediation of properties near the plant. That pot of money will allow the state to remove lead from about 2,500 […]

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

Exide Vernon lead cleanup

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

Exide Lead Testing California

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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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide fights state over lead contamination data

Exide Brain-damaing lead levels

89.3 KPCC Exide, state fight over lead contamination data By Rebecca Plevin October 24 2016 Members of an L.A. County Department of Public Health crew conduct a soil test on a property in Commerce, near the old Exide battery recycling plant. ELIZABETH AGUILERA/KPCC CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO  THE AUDIO – 0:57 Exide Technologies is suing the […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Board of Supervisors calls for study of long-term effects of lead contamination from Exide lead smelter

Lead poisoning children

EGPNEWS.COM Sups. Seek Study of Exide, Aliso Canyon Health Effects By City News Service The Board of Supervisors called Tuesday for studies of the long-term health effects of the massive Aliso Canyon gas leak and lead contamination from the now-shuttered Exide battery-recycling plant. Supervisor Michael Antonovich recommended the study related to the natural gas leak […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC conducts more soil tests for lead-tainted elementary schools near Exide smelter

Exide Lead Contaminated School

89.3 KPCC  SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO More soil tests for lead-tainted schools near Exide A newly installed chain-link fence surrounds lead-contaminated soil at Lorena Street Elementary School in Boyle Heights. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC BY Elizabeth Aguilera August 16, 05:41 PM CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 0:54 Kids returning to school Tuesday at four […]

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EXIDE VERNON: ‘Significant probability” of severe lead contamination in Los Angles County, experts say

Exide lead

“Soil sampling in the area of the Exide plant shows very heavy pollution, 100 times permissible limits in some places,” said Dr. Johnston.  Yet official soil testing has been limited to a circular area 1.7 miles away away from the plant. Dr. Johnston would like testing to extend for 30-40 miles, based on an ENVIRON […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC reports shows high lead levels at five elementary schools near Exide

Exide contaminated schools

89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO High lead levels found at 5 schools near Exide BY Elizabeth Aguilera July 08 2016 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 4:48 Three-year-old Alejandro Monterroso is in hot pursuit of his 7-year-old sister Emily on a  dusty side yard at Lorena Street Elementary School in […]

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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

Delayed

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 BREAKING NEWS: Scant accountability for decades among public officials (from municipal, regional, state to federal level) for Exide lead contamination of at least 10,000 homes near smelter

Exide

LOS ANGELES TIMES For public officials, accountability for Exide lead contamination has been scant California regulators allowed the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to operate for decades without a full permit. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) BY Tony Barboza California officials have talked tough about the contamination of up to 10,000 homes with […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Residents work to expand testing area from Exide smelter’s lead contamination to 4.5 miles from DTSC’s 1.7 mile cleanup zone

Exide Testing Area

EGPNEWS.COM Demands to Expand Exide Test Area Grow By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer At the first public hearing since the governor signed legislation to appropriate $176.6 million for the testing and cleanup of residential properties surrounding the now shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon, residents were not jumping for joy or thanking state […]

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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

Exide cleanup

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: Frustrated by slow pace of response from state regulators and Exide, Los Angeles County workers help assess contamination and arrange cleanup for 500 families living near Exide lead smelter

Lead contamination testing Vernon Exide

MYNEWSLA.COM County workers help 500 families near closed Exide battery plant POSTED BY HILLARY JACKSON ON APRIL 12, 2016 Batteries set for recycling of the kind at Exide plant. County workers have moved quickly to assess soil, arrange cleanup and reach out to 500 families living near the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant, where a recent study […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKNG NEWS: Los Angles County soil testing finds widespread lead contamination near Exide plant

Exide Vernon lead testing

LOS ANGELES TIMES County soil testing finds widespread contamination near former Exide plant Soil taken from a yard in Commerce near the now-shuttered Exide battery plant is tested in February by a team from the L.A. County Health Department. A new county report says that nearly all of the 500 homes sampled had enough lead […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: NEWSWEEK: In Southeast Los Angeles, your front yard might be a toxic waste site

Exide cleanup

“They pollute and leave,” says Monsignor John Moretta, of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights who has been one of the central organizers in the fight against Exide. Moretta has few illusions about his neighborhood, whose residential streets taper off into tracts of warehouses and factories: “the armpit of L.A.,” he lovingly calls it. A large […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: State not using available blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

California Department of Public Health

Blood-testing data have guided government responses to lead contamination elsewhere. In Flint, Mich., the state is using maps of children’s blood lead levels to target neighborhoods hardest hit by the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. But in California, officials have been unable to launch a similar effort. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Nearly every property tested so far in neighborhoods near Exide lead smelter is contaminated and will need cleanup; More than 99% of 1,000 homes tested to date by State and Los Angeles County have high levels of lead contamination

Lead contamination testing Vernon Exide

89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio Exide: Nearly every property tested so far will need cleanup Elizabeth Aguilera March 22, 07:00 AM Members of the L.A. County Department of Public Health conduct soil tests in Commerce looking for lead contaminants left by the former Exide lead battery recycling plant in nearby Vernon. ELIZABETH AGUILERA/KPCC CLICK HERE […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA health officials urge residents who live near Exide lead smelter to get blood tested for lead levels; Free tests offered to residents living within 3-mile radius of lead plant on March 19

Exide Blood Lead Test Signup

Anyone who lives or works within a three-mile radius of the Vernon site can have one done. The free tests will be offered at the Benjamin Franklin Branch Library on 1st Street Saturday, March 19. CBS LOS ANGELES Health Officials Urge Those Who Live, Work Near Exide Facility To Get Blood Lead Test March 14, 2016 […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Los Angeles Mayor, officials reach out to neighbors of Exide lead smelter concerned about lead contamination

LA Mayor Exide

Residents are encouraged to visit exidecleanup.lacity.org for more information. LOS ANGELES TIMES Officials reach out to neighbors of shuttered battery recycling plant concerned about lead contamination Mayor Eric Garcetti chats with residents in Boyle Heights on Saturday. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times) BY Louis Sahagun A small army of volunteers led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti went door-to-door Saturday […]

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EXIDE VERNON – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights

Exide cleanup

LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights? View of the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) The Times Editorial Board  Two Los Angeles communities. Two environmental nightmares. Two very different responses from Gov. Jerry Brown. At […]

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