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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?

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

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

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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 BREAKING NEWS: 58th District Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia issues statement regarding latest DTSC revelation that lead contamination from Exide smelter is much wider than originally thought, and that testing now show residents in City of Commerce are also affected; Calls situation ‘full-blown public health emergency’ and for DTSC to begin cleanup immediately

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Statement from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Addressing Lead Contamination by Exide in the City of Commerce Friday, August 21, 2015 As we learned with last night’s announcement by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), lead contamination spewed by the Exide battery plant knows no political or jurisdictional boundaries and testing now shows residents in the City […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC borrows $7 million from other hazardous waste cleanups in California as stop-gap measure for testing and lead contamination removal from larger area and possibly as many as 10,000 homes near Exide lead smelter

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KPCC 89.3 New Exide soil removal funds borrowed from other contamination cleanups CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO VERSION OF STORY Molly Peterson August 21, 04:04 PM Toxics regulators announced an additional $7 million for testing and cleanup in an expanded area around the now-closed Exide plant in Vernon, but it did little to mute […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Residents express ire about decades of irresponsible oversight from municipal to federal level of violation-ridden Exide lead smelter and slow pace and underestimated scope of cleanup

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“Why am I hearing about a plan to make another plan?” said Terry Gonzalez-Cano, whose Boyle Heights home was tested last year. She said the tests of her yard detected lead levels as high as 1,550 parts per million and that she was still waiting for it to be cleaned up. Clean up the properties […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Removal of Exide’s toxic lead from thousands of homes will be largest cleanup of its kind in California and among the largest nationally

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: Toxic lead removal could be California’s biggest yet Workers remove topsoil from homes in the 1200 block of South Indiana Street in Boyle Heights that may have been contaminated by lead from an Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.  (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA The task of removing […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Vernon mother says Exide has poisoned neighborhoods for children

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CBS LOS ANGELES Only On 9: Vernon Mother Says Exide Plant Has Poisoned The Area For Children July 25, 2015 9:34 AM BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A Vernon woman has opened up to CBS2/KCAL9 about what it’s like raising her son in a home surrounded by soil known to be contaminated with lead. Terry Cano’s […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Community expresses frustration with lack of clarity in DTSC soil testing results; testing continues in neighborhoods near Exide lead smelter

STREETSBLOG LA.COM Testing Around Exide Plant Continues, Community Voices Frustration over Lack of Clarity in Results Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Sahra Sulaiman “I still don’t have a clear picture of what the results [of the lead testing in the Expanded Assessment Areas] are,” said a representative of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. We were now nearly two hours […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS (Updated): 2/3 of results from second round of soil sampling in neighborhoods near contaminated Exide lead smelter show lead levels above safe standards – like in first round of sampling in December — By May 15, Exide must present DTSC plan for safe removal of buildings on smelter site and for the clean up of hazardous waste, including soil and groundwater contamination

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CBS LOS ANGELES Results From More Soil Sampling Near Now-Closed Exide Plant Released May 6, 2015 11:05 PM Dozens of residents in the area gathered at Resurrection Church in Los Angeles to hear the results of more soil sampling. Soil from 146 properties was tested, including Terry Cano’s, whose soil tested above 1,000 parts per million. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide begins removing lead-tainted soil from homes near Vernon smelter; State expands soil testing for lead from Exide plant to at least 144 more homes

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89.2 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide to remove lead-polluted soil from 2 homes north of its Vernon plant By Molly Peterson August 11, 09:06 PM 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 AUDIO FROM […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: CA state officials order Exide to begin testing dust and soil in neighborhoods around Vernon plant for lead, arsenic and toxic substances that pose community health risk

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide to begin testing for dangerous metals buildup in neighborhood Responding to Exide neighbors’ health concerns, California ordered Vernon battery plant to test for toxic substances in soil and dust. By Jessica Garrison August 27, 2013, 10:56 p.m. State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil in […]

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