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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 EDITORIAL – LOS ANGELES TIMES: It’s unacceptable to delay Exide cleanup when public health is at stake

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WHY? WHY? WHY? MAKE THE ALL RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS FROM MUNICIPAL TO FEDERAL LEVEL ANSWER THIS QUESTION – HONESTLY! NOW!!  #NOMORETIME #NOMOREEXCUSES #NOMORELIES Earlier this month, state officials revealed that they had found nearly 250 spots on 203 properties near the former Exide battery recycling plant where levels of brain-damaging lead were more than 10 times higher than California’s health standard […]

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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: 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

Exide lawsuits

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 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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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: 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: Tired of waiting for State regulators, LA County begins soil testing in neighborhoods impacted by lead contamination from Exide smelter

Exide cleanup

EGPNEWS.COM County Begins Own Soil Testing Near Exide Assessor says he will review impact on property values. By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service Tired of waiting for state regulators, county teams are working in neighborhoods affected by contamination from the now-closed Exide battery plant to test soil and offer resources to residents, the Board of […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Los Angeles Mayor Garcetti’s action on Exide lead contamination cleanup comes too late for some; Community groups to hold their own “Get The Lead Out” event to register homes for soil testing on March 19

LA Mayor Exide

EYCEJ and other community groups will be leading their own “Get the Lead Out” event Saturday, March 19 to register homes for soil testing. THE LAist Mayor Garcetti’s Action On Exide Cleanup Comes Late for Some BY MIGUEL CONTRERAS IN NEWS ON MAR 14, 2016 3:40 PM  Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis were pounding the […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA County tax assessor says he will review value of properties impacted by lead from Exide smelter weeks after announcing review of Porter Ranch properties

LA County Tax Assessor

Property owners with questions about the review can call the assessor’s office at (626) 258-6001. LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Homes in Exide contamination area could see property tax relief Homes near the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon could see property tax relief, said the county assessor. (2015 photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)  By City News […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Exide and Quemetco: Comparing the clean up of Los Angeles’ lead smelters

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Natural Resources Defense Council Exide and Quemetco: Comparing the Clean Up of L.A.’s Lead Battery Plants Posted January 12, 2016 The following guest post was written by attorney, Caroline Reiser, who is currently working at NRDC’s Santa Monica office for the Southern California Air Program. Located within 20 miles of each other, Exide Technologies of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community activists honored for role in Exide cleanup effort

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NBC LOS ANGELES Community Activists Honored for Role in Exide Cleanup Effort By  Jessica Perez A host of elected officials gathered in Boyle Heights to pay tribute to residents and community activists who pushed for a more extensive investigation and cleanup effort in neighborhoods impacted by the now-shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. Gordon Tokumatsu […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Supervisor Hilda Solis on Exide cleanup funds: ‘Two Americas’ for too long

California Asssemby

LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Supervisor Hilda Solis on Exide clean-up funds: ‘Two Americas’ for too long The Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, Calif., on Thursday, March 12, 2015.Photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News By Sarah Favot, Los Angeles Daily News POSTED: 02/17/16, 8:25 PM PST | UPDATED: 3 DAYS AGO Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he wants the state to […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS MEDIA ROUNDUP: Finally, some action from California Gov. Jerry Brown on Exide’s widespread contamination of 10,000 homes, and toxic exposure of 100,000 people

Exide Cleanup

“After years of silence, Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday asked California state lawmakers to spend nearly $177 million for expedited testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities around the former Exide plant in Vernon…” From KPCC story below “…And young activists from East Yard Communities from Environmental Justice are not so sure that Brown’s proposal to expedite […]

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