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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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QUEMETCO/CITY OF INDUSTRY BREAKING NEWS: Did City of Industry landscaping activities interfere with testing of soil for lead near Quemetco smelter?

Quemetco Lead Contamination

SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE Did Industry landscaping interfere with Quemetco lead testing? Residents question results   Allen Waldman, a geologist for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, contracted by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, collects soil to test for signs of arsenic and lead in the front yard of a home near the battery recycling Quemetco plant […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP BREAKING NEWS: Quemetco lead smelter ordered to repair hole, gaps in hazardous waste storage

Quemetco hazardous waste storage violations

“…The latest order comes after the DTSC issued seven “non-minor violations” this month against the lead-acid battery recycler, mostly centering on hazardous waste storage. The order is part of the department “elevating its enforcement actions against Quemetco,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the agency, a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency… …State […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP UPDATE: Soil testing near Quemetco lead smelter shows hazardous levels of lead nearby

Quemetco Lead Contamination

SAN GRABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE Soil testing near City of Industry battery recycling plant shows hazardous levels nearby Allen Waldman, a geologist for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, contracted by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, collects soil to test for signs of arsenic and lead in the front yard of a home near the battery recycling Quemetco […]

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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 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

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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 UPDATE: Los Angeles area residents affected by contamination from Exide lead smelter say slow cleanup adds insult to injury; Residents wary of DTSC which they believe dropped the ball on regulating Exide with existing laws to protect residents from decades of lead, arsenic and benzine contamination

Exide Slow Cleanup

FREE SPEECH RADIO NETWORK LA residents affected by pollution from shuttered battery plant say slow cleanup adds insult to injury MAY 24, 2016 Protesters call Exide Technologies serial polluters. (Photo credit: Larry Buhl)  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO Attorneys with the NAACP filed a federal class action lawsuit last week on behalf of residents […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: U.S. Bankruptcy judge approves agreement to allow Exide and South Coast Air Quality Management District to enter into mediation over $80 million lawsuit; In lawsuit, SQAQMD claims Exide failed to comply with rules for lead and arsenic emissions from its Vernon lead smelter

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REUTERS Exide and California regulator head into mediation over lawsuit  Fri May 20, 2016 7:06am EDT BY JIM CHRISTIE A bankruptcy judge has approved an agreement between Exide Technologies and a California pollution regulator to enter into mediation to try to resolve the regulator’s $80 million lawsuit against the maker of lead-acid batteries. The South Coast […]

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QUEMETCO / CITY OF INDUSTRY MEDIA ROUNDUP – South Coast Air Quality Management District orders RSR Corp.-owned Quemetco lead smelter officials to notify 12,000 residents near its City of Industry facility (residents in Avocado Heights, City of Industry, La Puente and Hacienda Heights) about increased risk of cancer because of smelter’s arsenic emissions; SQAQMD report shows smelter poses cancer burden of 0.66 excess cancer cases, and it must reduce burden to 0.5 or less

RSR Quemetco Lead Smelter City of Industry

The Quemetco lead smelter is owned by RSR Corporation, which is a Dallas, TX-based, privately held secondary lead smelting company that operates lead acid battery recycling facilities in California, Indiana, and New York . “…Based on its 2014 emissions, Quemetco’s HRA showed that it posed a cancer burden of 0.66 excess cancer cases primarily due to […]

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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 BREAKING NEWS: California State Assembly approves $176.6 million in funds for environmental testing and cleanup of Exide’s lead/arsenic contamination; Exide committed to pay only $50 million. To date, Exide has paid only $9 million and doesn’t have to pay another $5 million until 2020

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DO THE MATH: EXIDE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL CLEANUP IN CALIFORNIA HISTORY.  THE  CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY APPROVES PAYING ALMOST $180 MILLION FOR THAT CLEANUP.  YET, EXIDE IS COMMITTED TO PAY ONLY $50 MILLION FOR THE CLEANUP  OF THE LEAD, ARSENIC CONTAMINATION IT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, WITH ONLY $26 MILLION EARMARKED FOR RESIDENTIAL CLEANUP. AND, TO DATE, IT HAS PAID […]

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EXIDE VERNON: EDITORIAL – Dedicated facilities needed to treat residents

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There is no more time to delay. Much damage has probably already been done to residents’ health. EGP worries that in many cases the damage cannot be reversed. EGPNEWS.COM EDITORIAL Dedicated Facilities Needed to Treat Lead Exposure By EGP Editorial The latest development in the number of cases of lead contamination from Exide Technologies comes […]

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

Lead poisoning children

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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