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EXIDE VERNON – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights

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LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL Why does affluent Porter Ranch get more urgent environmental relief than working-class Boyle Heights? View of the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) The Times Editorial Board  Two Los Angeles communities. Two environmental nightmares. Two very different responses from Gov. Jerry Brown. At […]

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EXIDE VERNON: “Help us. Even though Exide is closed, I’m still sick”

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HUFFPOST POLITICS ‘Help Us, Even Though Exide is Closed I’m Still Sick’  01/28/2016 01:28 am ET | Updated Jan 28, 2016 By Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor for First District in Los Angeles County; former U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2009 to 2013. In a powerful, solemn voice, Anthony Gutierrez appealed directly to the Los Angeles County Board of […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard

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EGPNEWS.COM Exide, Porter Ranch: A Double Standard Activists say working class Latinos exposed to chemicals also deserve governor’s attention. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer The complaints of headaches, bloody noses and asthma by Porter Ranch residents sound all to familiar to eastside activists who’ve spent years fighting their own large scale local environmental health […]

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EXIDE VERNON: How Exide contaminated Los Angeles-area homes for decades

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THE LOS ANGELES TIMES: The Story So Far How a battery recycler contaminated L.A.-area homes for decades CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO Unsettled: Exide | Video by Bethany Mollenkof and Spencer Bakalar. Tony Barboza Residents of southeast L.A. County rejoiced this year at news that a battery recycling plant that had long emitted lead, arsenic and other […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Exide lead contamination cleanup efforts are incomplete in most cases

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

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EXIDE VERNON – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL: Where’s the urgency in cleaning up the Exide battery plant mess?

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LOS ANGELES TIMES  EDITORIAL Where’s the urgency in cleaning up the Exide battery plant mess? A man waters his new lawn in August after the California Department of Toxic Substances Control replaced the soil. Lead contamination had been found on his Boyle Heights property. (Los Angeles Times) The Times Editorial BoardContact Reporter State environmental regulators […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Soil sampling in Maywood, Bell marks new phase in Exide lead pollution investigation

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KPCC 89.3 – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Soil sampling in Maywood, Bell marks new phase in Exide lead pollution investigation Crews removed soil from remediation areas near Exide last year; now they’re investigating a wider area, as much as 1.7 miles away from the Vernon battery recycler.  MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC Molly Peterson  October 29, 08:06 AM CLICK […]

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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

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: 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 MUNCIE UPDATE: Exide gets a pass to keep polluting Muncie

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CLICK TO GET MORE INFORMATION FROM THE HOOSIER ENVIRONMENTAL COUNCIL CLICK TO READ COMMUNITY COALITION’S COMMENTS TO U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE MUNCIEVOICE.COM Exide Technologies Gets a Pass to Keep Polluting Muncie Despite Calls from Elected Officials, Environmental and Health Groups, Feds Deny Requests for Added Protections from Lead Pollution MUNCIE, Indiana NEWS – Indiana’s largest environmental policy organization […]

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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: 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 COMMERCE: Exide lead contamination taint blows over to City of Commerce

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EGPNews.com Exide Taint Blows Over to City of Commerce By Jacqueline Garcia, EGP Staff Writer The City of Commerce had joined a long list of communities affected by lead contamination from a Vernon-based battery recycling plant permanently closed in March for hazardous waste violations. The disturbing news was announced last week by the Department of […]

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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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