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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: DTSC issues Exide urgent emergency cleanup order because of at or near hazardous levels of toxic metals concentrations found in soil and dust samples; Concerns about rains washing toxins into Los Angeles River set Jan. 31 as deadline cleanup must be completed

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“DTSC considers the elevated concentrations of lead and other contaminants … an immediate threat to human health and the environment (i.e. the Los Angeles River),” regulators wrote to Exide, one of the world’s largest battery recyclers. Agency officials also noted in a separate memo earlier this month that “lead…and arsenic was detected in several locations […]

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