EXIDE VERNON: IMPORTANT NOTICE – Last chance for public input on scope of DTSC Environmental Impact Report connected with massive cleanup of toxic Exide lead smelter site and surrounding neighborhoods is JULY 11, 6-8 p.m. PST, at the Resurrection Church
LAST CHANCE FOR PUBLIC COMMENT ON SCOPE OF ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT BEING PREPARED FOR MASSIVE CLEANUP OF TOXIC EXIDE LEAD SMELTER SITE IS JULY 11, FROM 6 P.M. TO 8 P.M. AT RESURRECTION CHURCH
Public Input Being Sought for Exide EIR
By EGP Staff Report
The publicâ€™s final chance to weigh in on the scope of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) being prepared for the massive cleanup of lead and other toxic chemicals from the Exide battery recycling plan in Vernon will come next week during a meeting in Boyle Heights.
People wanting to comment on what the EIR process should include, can do so July 11 at Resurrection Church from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The Department of Toxic Substances Control â€“ the lead agency handling the decontamination process â€” has already held two scoping meetings on the topic, one in Huntington Park, the other in Commerce. Attendance was light at both meetings.
The Exide plant, which recycled 25,000 lead-acid batteries a day until it halted operations in March 2013, released toxic emissions that exposed over 110,000 east and Southeast Los Angeles County residents to high levels of cancer-causing lead.
The cleanup of homes found within 1.7 miles of the former battery recycler is not expected to begin until mid 2017. Before any shovels hit the ground, however, DTSC must prepare an environmental impact report that will disclose the potential effects of removing and transporting lead tainted soil and other contaminants away from homes.
Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), DTSC is required to consider and release the cleanup plan and its environmental impact for public review.
The EIR process, which involves public review, meetings and hearings, is expected to be completed in July 2017.
Resurrection Church is located at 3324 E. Opal St. Los Angeles, 90023.