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

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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

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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

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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 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

Exide Vernon lead cleanup

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 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

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“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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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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NATURAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL REPORT: How safe is your drinking water? NRDC documents widespread lead violations in its “What’s in Your Water? – Flint and Beyond” report

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CLICK HERE TO READ REPORT NATURAL RESOURCE DEFENSE COUNCIL How Safe is Your Drinking Water? NRDC Report Documents Widespread Lead Violations 18 Million+ Americans Get Water from Systems with Lead Violations; May be a Drop in the Bucket Due to Rigged Testing and Lax Enforcement June 28, 2016 WASHINGTON —More than 18 million Americans got […]

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

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“…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: 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: 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 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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