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

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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 CLEANUP – WEBINAR REMINDER: Live webinar with EPA officials who will share experience remediating residential properties at Omaha, Nebraska Superfund site will be THIS THURSDAY, August 25, 10:30 a.m. to Noon PST

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NOTICE FROM CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES IMPORTANT REMINDER LIVE WEBINAR ON OMAHA LEAD CLEANUP Thursday, August 25th 10:30am — 12:00pm Pacific Time LIVE EPA WEBINAR WITH THE OMAHA CLEANUP TEAM US EPA representatives Steve Sanders and Steve Kemp will be available to the Exide Advisory Group members during a 90 minute live webinar on […]

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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 FRISCO – Frisco City Council to hold public hearing at 2 p.m. June 2 regarding TCEQ request to EPA to remove Nonattainment Area for Lead designation from 1.28 mile area surrounding Exide lead smelter; Public comments accepted by TCEQ through June 3

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With April 27, 2016, vote, the request to the EPA and proposed maintenance plan move forward. EPA officials will have the final say on removing the nonattainment area. Public comments will be accepted by the state through June 3. A public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 2 in the council chambers at Frisco […]

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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

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

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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: DTSC plans rollout of jobs and development training program that could train impacted residents to test for environmental damages like those they’ve encountered from Exide lead smelter

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide: From Brownfield to Classroom By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer East and southeast Los Angeles County area residents could soon be trained to test for environmental damages like those in their own backyard. The Department of Toxic Substances Control plans in coming months to roll out a job and development training program open […]

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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

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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: Not just in Flint, environmental contamination in Los Angeles neighborhoods because of poor regulatory oversight at all levels of admitted corporate criminal behavior by Exide in operations of Vernon lead smelter

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89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio Environmental contamination in LA by Deepa Fernandes | Take Two March 04 2016 Exide begins to remove lead-polluted soil on Monday morning at a house on the 1200 block of La Puerta Street in Boyle Heights.MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC Listen to this story 8 MIN 13 SEC by clicking here Here in Southern California, we’ve […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Los Angeles councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

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LOS ANGELES TIMES L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant On Friday, community members and activists gather in the backyard of a home east of downtown Los Angeles to mark the shuttering of the Exide Technologies battery plant in nearby Vernon last year. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) BY Emily Alpert […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Exide, South Coast Air Quality Management District duel over $100 million lawsuit, Chapter 11 bankruptcy shield

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LAW 360 Exide, Calif. Agency Duel Over $100M Suit, Ch. 11 Shield By Jeff Montgomery Law360, Wilmington (February 2, 2016, 7:09 PM ET) — Battery recycler Exide Technologies Inc. and California air regulators agreed Tuesday to seek a mediator for a dispute over state rights to court action on as much as $100 million in environmental claims […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard Activists say working class Latinos exposed to chemicals also deserve governor’s attention. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer The complaints of headaches, bloody noses and asthma by Porter Ranch residents sound all to familiar to eastside activists who’ve spent years fighting their own large scale local environmental health […]

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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 BREAKING NEWS: Frustrated residents still await contamination cleanup from Exide lead smelter

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CBS2/KCAL9 rented a device certified by the EPA to provide instant readings of the amount of lead in soil or dust. The state says that residential soil with more than 80 parts per million should be removed because even tiny amounts of lead can affect young children’s brains, causing learning disabilities and other serious problems. The […]

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EXIDE MUNCIE UPDATE: Exide gets a pass to keep polluting Muncie

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CLICK TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE HOOSIER ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL CLICK TO READ COMMUNITY COALITION’S COMMENTS TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MUNCIEVOICE.COM Exide Technologies Gets a Pass to Keep Polluting Muncie Despite Calls from Elected Officials, Environmental and Health Groups, Feds Deny Requests for Added Protections from Lead Pollution MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Brown signs bill that increases DTSC’s power

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LOS ANGELES TIMES California’s toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth Neighbors of the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant, shown, have complained that the state has been too slow to test and clean up lead-contaminated parcels surrounding the Vernon plant, which is now closed.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) October 2, 2015, 7:59 p.m. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: “How much are these Brown lives worth?”: Latino community says Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter poisoned them

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“The fact that [Exide] was allowed to operate for so long in violation of basic environmental standards definitely makes it a poster child of environmental injustice,” said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley. THE DAILY BEAST SICKENING ‘How Much Are These Brown Lives Worth?’: Latino Community Says Lead Battery Recycling […]

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ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE, DENIED INVESTIGATIVE SERIES UPDATE: EPA plans more aggreessive civil-rights reviews; Stung by criticism that it doesn’t properly investigate discrimination claims, the agency promise reforms

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THE CENTER FOR PUBLIC INTEGRITY EPA plans more aggressive civil-rights reviews Stung by criticism that it doesn’t properly investigate discrimination claims, the agency promises reforms By Kristen Lombardi 7 hours, 13 minutes ago Updated: 2 hours, 51 minutes ago A truck drives toward a dumping area at the Arrowhead Landfill in Uniontown, Alabama. John Brecher/NBC News The Environmental […]

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