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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

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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 EGPNEWS.COM Public Input Being Sought for Exide EIR By EGP Staff Report The public’s final chance to weigh in on the […]

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REUTERS INVESTIGATES – Unsafe at Any Level: Millions of American children missing early lead tests

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This article makes no mention of children living near lead smelters, such as those operated by Exide and RSR Corp. California and Texas, among other states, do not require blood lead level testing of children at the age of one and two years old (see chart below). REUTERS INVESTIGATES: Unsafe at Any Level Millions of […]

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EXIDE FRISCO – Frisco City Council to hold public hearing at 2 p.m. June 2 regarding TCEQ request to EPA to remove Nonattainment Area for Lead designation from 1.28 mile area surrounding Exide lead smelter; Public comments accepted by TCEQ through June 3

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With April 27, 2016, vote, the request to the EPA and proposed maintenance plan move forward. EPA officials will have the final say on removing the nonattainment area. Public comments will be accepted by the state through June 3. A public hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. June 2 in the council chambers at Frisco […]

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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

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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

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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

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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 FAIRFIELD BREAKING NEWS: PCBs found in sediment removed from Mill River during remediation work to remove lead contaminants from Exide lead smelter

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MINUTEMAN NEWS CENTER Stumbling block at Exide site as PCBs found Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2016  By Kendra Wingate Levels of Polychlorinated Biphenyl were found last week in sediment which was removed from the bottom of the Mill River during remediation work at the Exide Battery plant to remove lead contaminants. PCBs were detected which […]

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John Oliver questions why Sesame Street characters are more concerned about real dangers of lead than lawmakers and regulatory agencies

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On his “Last Week Tonight” show, comedian and social commentator John Oliver questions why — given that so much has been know for so long about the toxicity of lead — Sesame Street characters are more concerned about lead exposure and contamination than most lawmakers and regulatory agencies. John, we could have told you that Exide […]

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EXIDE VERNON: EDITORIAL – Dedicated facilities needed to treat residents

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There is no more time to delay. Much damage has probably already been done to residents’ health. EGP worries that in many cases the damage cannot be reversed. EGPNEWS.COM EDITORIAL Dedicated Facilities Needed to Treat Lead Exposure By EGP Editorial The latest development in the number of cases of lead contamination from Exide Technologies comes […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Frustrated by slow pace of response from state regulators and Exide, Los Angeles County workers help assess contamination and arrange cleanup for 500 families living near Exide lead smelter

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MYNEWSLA.COM County workers help 500 families near closed Exide battery plant POSTED BY HILLARY JACKSON ON APRIL 12, 2016 Batteries set for recycling of the kind at Exide plant. County workers have moved quickly to assess soil, arrange cleanup and reach out to 500 families living near the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant, where a recent study […]

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

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 BREAKING NEWS – MEDIA ROUNDUP – Analysis finds higher levels of lead in blood of young children living near Exide lead smelter

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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: Lawmakers finally move bills for Exide cleanup

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EGPNEWS.COM LAWMAKERS MOVE BILLS FOR EXIDE CLEANUP By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer When Teresa Marquez first heard that Gov. Jerry Brown was proposing $176.6 million to expedite and expand the cleanup of homes and other properties contaminated by a now-shuttered lead-acid battery recycling plant, she told herself and others, “I won’t believe it, until […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: NEWSWEEK: In Southeast Los Angeles, your front yard might be a toxic waste site

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“They pollute and leave,” says Monsignor John Moretta, of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights who has been one of the central organizers in the fight against Exide. Moretta has few illusions about his neighborhood, whose residential streets taper off into tracts of warehouses and factories: “the armpit of L.A.,” he lovingly calls it. A large […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Former Exide worker dies of cancer he feared came about from working at plant; In Memory of Salvador Andrade

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CBS LOS ANGELES Former Exide Worker Dies Of Cancer He Feared Came About From Working At Plant March 29, 2016 6:14 PM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Salvador Andrade always believed in the value of a hard day’s work. But Andrade also worried that his years of labor at the Exide battery-recycling plant in Vernon took a massive toll on his health. […]

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EXIDE VERNON: U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez calls attention to Exide’s serious contamination of predominantly Latino Vernon and Southeast Los Angeles communities with lead and other toxins

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NEWS RELEASE – U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ CALLS ATTENTION TO EXIDE POISONING VERNON & SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES COMMUNITIES Mar 29, 2016 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) called attention to the toxic contamination produced by the Exide Technologies recycling plant and its damaging effects on the health of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: State not using available blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

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Blood-testing data have guided government responses to lead contamination elsewhere. In Flint, Mich., the state is using maps of children’s blood lead levels to target neighborhoods hardest hit by the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. But in California, officials have been unable to launch a similar effort. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: High blood lead levels found in residents under 21 living near Exide smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES High levels found in Exide area By Angelica Quintero 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 […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Dispute over environmental review stalls Exide emergency cleanup bill

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89.3 KPCC SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Dispute over environmental review stalls Exide emergency cleanup bill  Elizabeth Aguilera March 23 2016 While more testing is expected, Exide and regulators are still negotiating over how to conduct the next stage of the work. The governor’s emergency funding for Exide clean up is stalled in the state Legislature […]

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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

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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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