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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Gov. Jerry Brown intervenes in Exide lead smelter case

California Governor Jerry Brown Intervenes in Case of Exide Technologies

 NEWS RELEASE FROM CONSUMER WATCHDOG

Governor Jerry Brown today intervened in the case of Vernon lead battery recycler Exide Technologies that has threatened public health with hazardous emissions of lead. The governor discussed the case with regulators at the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), which revealed that testing of soil at 39 area homes showed unacceptably high levels of lead.

“We are pleased to see Governor Brown getting out in front of what has been a slowly unfolding train wreck,” said Consumer Advocate Liza Tucker. “But we ask that the Brown Administration ensure that the DTSC take proper steps to follow through on making this serial toxic polluter accountable so that it no longer threatens the health of residents.”

Tucker said that much more must be done to force the state’s top toxics regulators to protect the public health instead of protecting polluters. Specifically:

For more information on Exide Technologies, see: http://www.consumerwatchdog.org/newsrelease/new-documents-reveal-top-toxics-regulator-knew-exide-safety-risks-years

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