EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: High blood lead levels found in residents under 21 living near Exide smelter
In the Exide Technologies cleanup area, 547 residents under age 21 were found to have high levels of lead in their blood.
Some census tracts with high lead counts overlapped with cleanup focus areas, which were selected based on wind patterns, proximity to the plant and soil tests that detected high lead concentrations.
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* The Exide plant is located in the city of Vernon, a mostly industrial area with 112 residents and only 1 case registered of high levels of lead in the blood of a person under 21.
Sources: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, U.S. Census Bureau
Graphics reporting by Ben Poston