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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Community members pack meeting to express outrage with lack of progress in testing and cleaning up contamination from Exide lead smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES Neighbors Of Exide Battery Plant: State Failing To Test, Clean Up Contaminated Soil October 28, 2015 10:49 PM COMMERCE (CBSLA.com) — Neighbors of the shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon showed up to a packed community meeting on Wednesday night to express their outrage with the lack of progress that has been made in testing and cleaning […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Efforts to clean up contamination from Exide lead smelter incomplete in most cases

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KPCC – 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide cleanup efforts are incomplete in most cases A sign posted in front one of the first houses in Boyle Heights that had its lead-tainted soil removed. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC CLICK HERE TO HEAR THE AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 4:48 minutes October 28 2015 Elizabeth Aguilera The state […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County officials vote on $2 million effort to speed up massive contamination cleanup from Exide’s lead smelter

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BOYLE HEIGHTS BEAT County assigns $2 million to expedite Exide cleanup October 28, 2015 |  By Boyle Heights Beat Photo by Art Torres The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will spend $2 million to help speed the cleanup of contaminated soil in Boyle Heights and other Eastside neighborhoods near the closed Exide battery recycling plant in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Many who lived or worked near violation-ridden Exide lead smelter now face cancer, respiratory illnesses

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Salvador Andrade worked in the Exide facility for 28 years. He remembers how black smoke from the plant, a byproduct of burning as many as 40,000 used batteries a day, would cling to his clothes. Those smokestacks spewed toxic emissions for eight decades before it shut down earlier this year. Andrade had to quit working […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County supervisor calls for immediate action regarding lead contamination found near Exide smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES County Supervisor Calls For Immediate Action Regarding Lead Contamination Near Exide Facility October 20, 2015 6:59 PM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Days after experts confirmed CBS2’s Randy Paige’s findings of lead contamination near a former Exide Battery-Recycling Facility, Los Angeles County Supervisor Linda Solis has called for immediate action in a motion […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Why does it take KCBS to do top toxics regulator’s job?

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CAPITOL WATCHDOG Why Does It Take KCBS To Do Top Toxics Regulator’s Job? Submitted by Liza Tucker on Thu, 10/15/2015 – 12:11 UPDATE: 12 hours after we posted this blog, top DTSC and Los Angeles County Environmental Health Department inspectors descended on a home where a toddler lives near the now-shuttered Exide lead battery recycler […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: CBS2/KCAL investigation forces DTSC investigators to confirm much-worse-than-previously thought hazardous-waste level of lead contamination from Exide’s lead smelter found in Boyle Heights backyards where children play, in front yards of homes, along sidewalks and in the storm channel that leads to the Los Angeles River; Very high levels of contamination threatens health of children and adults in the area

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Los Angeles County Director of Environmental Health Angelo Bellomo says that if the State doesn’t notify the residents of the dangers in the estimated 10,000 homes, then the County will. State and County investigators today said that the contamination CBS2/KCAL9 found requires, “immediate action”. The real question is, how many more days will the children […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Frustrated residents still await contamination cleanup from Exide lead smelter

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CBS2/KCAL9 rented a device certified by the EPA to provide instant readings of the amount of lead in soil or dust. The state says that residential soil with more than 80 parts per million should be removed because even tiny amounts of lead can affect young children’s brains, causing learning disabilities and other serious problems. The […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Gov. Brown signs bill that increases DTSC’s power

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LOS ANGELES TIMES California’s toxics enforcer is given sharper teeth Neighbors of the Exide Technologies battery-recycling plant, shown, have complained that the state has been too slow to test and clean up lead-contaminated parcels surrounding the Vernon plant, which is now closed.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) October 2, 2015, 7:59 p.m. […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: “How much are these Brown lives worth?”: Latino community says Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter poisoned them

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“The fact that [Exide] was allowed to operate for so long in violation of basic environmental standards definitely makes it a poster child of environmental injustice,” said Rachel Morello-Frosch, a public health professor at the University of California, Berkeley. THE DAILY BEAST SICKENING ‘How Much Are These Brown Lives Worth?’: Latino Community Says Lead Battery Recycling […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Residents question why Exide’s lead contamination cleanup only includes yards and not sidewalk strips

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89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio Residents question why Exide’s contamination cleanup included yards but not sidewalk strips Parkways along La Puerta Street in Boyle Heights were not cleaned up when contamination clean up crews came through to dig up yards and replace sod. The parkways belong to the city and the Department of […]

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EXIDE COMMERCE BREAKING NEWS: Cleanup of contamination from Exide lead smelter to be discussed at Commerce City Council meeting TONIGHT

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CITY OF COMMERCE, CA NEWS RELEASE The Commerce City Council and staff has been working with state representatives to ensure residents and businesses are informed of the findings by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and South Coast Air Quality Management District regarding the Exide Technology Facility cleanup. The City Council will receive a […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Residents demand state agencies clean up Exide lead contamination now

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“No matter what is in that soil, it’s a result of your failure,” said Terry Cano. “Clean it up first and figure it out later.” EGPNews.com Residents Demand State Agencies Clean Exide Contamination Now By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer For the first 17 years of his life, Jose Anthony Gutierrez lived in Vernon, not […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Wider lead contamination path from Exide smelter hasn’t sparked more blood tests

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Wider Exide contamination hasn’t sparked more blood lead tests 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 criticisms from activists who say that lead contamination should be prompting faster response.  MOLLY PETERSON/KPCC Elizabeth Aguilera August 27 […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide can’t put together proper closure plan, but absolves itself of blame for California’s largest toxic cleanup and public health threat

STREETSBLOGLA.COM Exide: Can’t Put Together Proper Closure Plan but Absolves Itself of Blame for Massive Public Health Disaster Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by Sahra Sulaiman “I want you to take a good look at me, ” a fragile-looking young man with a curved spine, hunched shoulders, and gangly arms addressed members of the Exide Community Advisory Committee […]

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EXIDE VERNON – Los Angeles Times Editorial: How to pay for cleaning up all of the contamination from the Exide lead smelter

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Although lax enforcement of environmental laws certainly played a part in this 30-year fiasco, Exide ultimately should be held responsible for the expense.  LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL How to pay for cleaning up the Exide mess In a photo taken in 2013 by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control during an inspection, the state wrote […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Where will California get the more than $390 million required to clean up lead contamination from possibly as many as 10,000 homes near Exide smelter?

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CBS LOS ANGELES   Where Will State Get The More Than $390M Required To Clean Up Homes Contaminated By Exide Battery Plant August 21, 2015 9:35 PM HUNTINGTON PARK (CBSLA.com)  —  By all accounts, the numbers are staggering. As many as 10,000 homes contaminated. As much as $400 million to clean up the toxic mess left […]

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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: Gov. Brown urged to appoint independent oversight of cleanup of possibly up to 10,000 homes contaminated with toxic lead dust from Exide smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: L.A. County supervisor wants independent oversight Shown is the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA A Los Angeles County supervisor is urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an independent expert to oversee a soil cleanup of potentially […]

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