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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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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC to begin immediate cleanup of contaminated homes near Exide lead smelter after revelation that up to 10,000 homes could have significant lead exposure

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89.3 KPCC Exide: State to begin immediate cleanup after new report of lead contamination  Molly Peterson August 20, 2015, 8 p.m. PST Equipment for removing lead-polluted soil arrives at a Boyle Heights home in 2014. It’s one of more than 200 homes at which Exide has been required to remove lead contamination. MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC CLICK […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Removal of Exide’s toxic lead from thousands of homes will be largest cleanup of its kind in California and among the largest nationally

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: Toxic lead removal could be California’s biggest yet Workers remove topsoil from homes in the 1200 block of South Indiana Street in Boyle Heights that may have been contaminated by lead from an Exide Technologies plant in Vernon.  (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA The task of removing […]

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EXIDE VERNON COMMUNITY MEETING: Exide Advisory Group Meeting to be held Thursday, Aug. 20, 6 to 8 p.m., at HUNTINGTON PARK COMMUNITY CENTER

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC underestimates how many homes have been impacted by contamination from Exide’s lead smelter; Agency now says that up to 10,000 homes could be impacted, with possibly as many as 6,000 needing cleanup; Attorney: ‘It’s one of the largest public health disasters in the state if not the nation’

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CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF AUG. 13 DTSC OVERVIEW OF LEAD CONTAMINATION SAMPLING PROGRAMS CLICK HERE FOR COPY OF AUG. 13 DTSC PRELIMINARY ESTIMATE OF DISTRIBUTION OF EXIDE’S LEAD EMISSIONS IN SOIL CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO CBS LOS ANGELES Number Of Potentially Contaminated Homes Near Exide Plant Larger Than Originally Estimated August 13, 2015 10:15 PM By Randy […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Vernon mother says Exide has poisoned neighborhoods for children

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CBS LOS ANGELES Only On 9: Vernon Mother Says Exide Plant Has Poisoned The Area For Children July 25, 2015 9:34 AM BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A Vernon woman has opened up to CBS2/KCAL9 about what it’s like raising her son in a home surrounded by soil known to be contaminated with lead. Terry Cano’s […]

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VERNON EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: DTSC faces tough questions from residents from contaminated neighborhoods near Exide’s violation-ridden lead smelter

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CBS LOS ANGELES State Regulators Face Tough Questions Over Lead Contamination Near Exide Battery Plant July 24, 2015 12:04 AM VERNON (CBSLA.com) — Concerns continue to mount over lead contamination near the Exide Technologies battery recycling facility. State regulators Thursday night answered some tough questions about the hazardous waste during a public meeting in Boyle Heights. Members of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Test results show that lead contamination from Exide’s toxic smelter may be worse and more widespread than originally thought

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 CBS LOS ANGELES Lead Contamination Near Exide Plant May Be Worse Than Previously Thought July 8, 2015 9:00 PM Randy Paige BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — Lead contamination near the Exide Technologies battery-recycling facility in Vernon could be far worse than previously thought. According to environmental health experts, the contamination goes far beyond areas previously known, reported CBS2’s […]

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EXIDE VERNON COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE: DTSC and SCAQMD to host next meeting of Exide Technologies Advisory Group on Thursday, July 23, from 6p.m. to 8 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church – Parish Hall

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Exide Technologies Advisory Group Meeting The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) will host the next meeting of the Exide Technologies Advisory Group. Translation services will be provided. The meeting is open to the public and will take place:   Thursday, July 23rd, from 6pm – 8pm, […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC orders Exide to completely remove blast furnace feed material that Exide was supposed to have moved in May and is still storing in an unauthorized manner; DTSC says continued storage of the toxic material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to human health and the environment; DTSC gives Exide until July 8 to submit new plan that includes moving of hazardous material to facility authorized to accepted toxic waste (MAKE NOTE FOLKS IN MUNCIE, INDIANA); Exide update summary indicates that loose lead and other materials may already have been moved to Exide’s Munice lead smelter, and such must be done in accordance with an approved Closure Plan, BUT DTSC has not approved such a plan for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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DTSC is concerned that the feed material in the Blast Furnace Feed Room has not yet been completely removed. As stated in the letter dated May 13, 2015, DTSC has already determined that storage of this material is not appropriate and removal is necessary to protect human health and the environment. Storage of this material […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: California Department of Toxic Substances issues Exide a Notice of Deficiency for its proposed closure plan for its troubled lead smelter; DTSC details how Exide’s plan did not fulfill standards specified in the California Code of Regulations for closure of hazardous waste facilities

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On June 17, 2015, the California Department of Toxic Substances issued Exide a NOTICE OF DEFICIENCY FOR CLOSURE PLAN regarding the company’s proposed plan to close its troubled and toxic lead smelter. Exide submitted the plan on May 15. According to the DTSC: “The Notice of Deficiency is extensive. The Notice of Deficiency provides comments that […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Communities tell DTSC their concerns about agency’s continued “poor outreach” to citizens about Exide lead smelter

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“There’s a long history of injustice in this whole Exide issue,” Mark Lopez, of East Yard Communities told EGP. “There is a continuance of frustration over the inclusion of the community and the inadequate outreach by DTSC.” EGPNEWS.COM Communities Near Exide Put DTSC on Notice Only a few dozen people showed up last week for […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: 12 schools near Exide smelter to be tested for lead

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The state department of Toxic Substances Control has tested soil surrounding the homes, parks and private schools in the area, and preliminary results showed widespread contamination. CBS LOS ANGELES 12 Schools Near Exide Plant To Be Tested For Lead June 12, 2015 8:00 PM  BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — After a year of fighting, a dozen schools near […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Senate approves SB 654 to increase oversight of hazardous waste facilities to help prevent irresponsible companies like Exide from knowingly contaminating neighborhoods, air, water and soil with lead, arsenic and other toxins

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NEWS RELEASE Senato President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s Office Senate Approves Pro Tem’s Bill to Prevent Another Exide Disaster  Thursday, June 04, 2015 SB 654 Tightens Lax DTSC Oversight of Hazardous Waste Facilities SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved a bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to increase state oversight of hazardous […]

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EXIDE VERNON: DTSC tweets status of neighborhood properties cleaned up near Exide’s lead smelter

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EXIDE VERNON COMMUNITY MEETING NOTICE: Exide Technologies Advisory Group meeting set for Thursday, June 11, in Maywood; Recap of May 28 meeting

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Exide Technologies Advisory Group Meeting Advisory from the DTSC and SCAQMD The next meeting of the Exide Technologies Advisory Group, presented by the California Department of Toxic Substances Control and South Coast Air Quality Management District, will be held on Thursday, June 11, from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Maywood Academy High School Cafeteria, […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – Community expresses frustration with lack of clarity in DTSC soil testing results; testing continues in neighborhoods near Exide lead smelter

STREETSBLOG LA.COM Testing Around Exide Plant Continues, Community Voices Frustration over Lack of Clarity in Results Tuesday, May 12, 2015 by Sahra Sulaiman “I still don’t have a clear picture of what the results [of the lead testing in the Expanded Assessment Areas] are,” said a representative of Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard. We were now nearly two hours […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC director apologizes to Eastside LA residents for agency failing to protect them from years of Exide’s toxic arsenic and lead emissions and deposition in soil and groundwater contamination

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EGPNEWS.COM DTSC Director Apologizes to Eastside Residents Process to close and clean up Exide facility will begin May 15. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer [Updated: April 16, 12p.m.] “I’m sorry.” Two words Eastside residents never thought they would hear from the state agency charged with regulating a controversial Vernon-based acid-lead battery recycler found to have […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS (Updated): 2/3 of results from second round of soil sampling in neighborhoods near contaminated Exide lead smelter show lead levels above safe standards – like in first round of sampling in December — By May 15, Exide must present DTSC plan for safe removal of buildings on smelter site and for the clean up of hazardous waste, including soil and groundwater contamination

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CBS LOS ANGELES Results From More Soil Sampling Near Now-Closed Exide Plant Released May 6, 2015 11:05 PM Dozens of residents in the area gathered at Resurrection Church in Los Angeles to hear the results of more soil sampling. Soil from 146 properties was tested, including Terry Cano’s, whose soil tested above 1,000 parts per million. […]

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