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EXIDE FRISCO BREAKING NEWS: Exide wants to send potentially contaminated storm water through Frisco’s wastewater system, or directly into Stewart Creek, which feeds the Lake Lewisville Watershed

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DALLAS MORNING NEWS Exide wants to send potentially contaminated storm water through Frisco’s wastewater system Written by Valerie Wigglesworth August 3, 2017 FRISCO — Every time it rains, thousands of gallons of water gush across the site of the old Exide Technologies battery recycling plant here. What doesn’t get soaked into the ground picks up […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Residents in ‘limbo’ as regulators delay cleaning any lead-tainted homes near Exide smelter

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Adding to residents’ anxiety are new records from the toxic substances department that indicate hundreds of homes with high lead contamination levels might not be cleaned after the state spends $176.6 million set aside by lawmakers for soil testing and remediation of properties near the plant. That pot of money will allow the state to remove lead from about 2,500 […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon

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The executive summary of the environmental impact report is here. The nearly 1,200-page report is published in two sections; volume one is here, and volume two is here. 89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Regulators want to clean about 50 lead-tainted homes a week in Vernon Exide agreed to shut down in 2015 to […]

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EXIDE VERNON: State testing more schools, parks and day-care centers for lead danger from Exide’s closed smelter

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Soil sampling records show the vast majority of homes tested so far near Exide have lead levels above the state standard of 80 parts per million. Many properties exceed the federal standard of 400 ppm considered hazardous in bare soil where children play. And some have readings well above the hazardous waste level of 1,000 ppm. […]

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EXIDE VERNON: ‘Significant probability” of severe lead contamination in Los Angles County, experts say

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“Soil sampling in the area of the Exide plant shows very heavy pollution, 100 times permissible limits in some places,” said Dr. Johnston.  Yet official soil testing has been limited to a circular area 1.7 miles away away from the plant. Dr. Johnston would like testing to extend for 30-40 miles, based on an ENVIRON […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP BREAKING NEWS: Quemetco lead smelter ordered to repair hole, gaps in hazardous waste storage

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“…The latest order comes after the DTSC issued seven “non-minor violations” this month against the lead-acid battery recycler, mostly centering on hazardous waste storage. The order is part of the department “elevating its enforcement actions against Quemetco,” according to a statement released Tuesday by the agency, a branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency… …State […]

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QUEMETCO/RSR CORP UPDATE: Soil testing near Quemetco lead smelter shows hazardous levels of lead nearby

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SAN GRABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE Soil testing near City of Industry battery recycling plant shows hazardous levels nearby Allen Waldman, a geologist for WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, contracted by the Department of Toxic Substance Control, collects soil to test for signs of arsenic and lead in the front yard of a home near the battery recycling Quemetco […]

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EXIDE VERNON EDITORIAL – LOS ANGELES TIMES: It’s unacceptable to delay Exide cleanup when public health is at stake

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WHY? WHY? WHY? MAKE THE ALL RESPONSIBLE OFFICIALS FROM MUNICIPAL TO FEDERAL LEVEL ANSWER THIS QUESTION – HONESTLY! NOW!!  #NOMORETIME #NOMOREEXCUSES #NOMORELIES Earlier this month, state officials revealed that they had found nearly 250 spots on 203 properties near the former Exide battery recycling plant where levels of brain-damaging lead were more than 10 times higher than California’s health standard […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Scant accountability for decades among public officials (from municipal, regional, state to federal level) for Exide lead contamination of at least 10,000 homes near smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES For public officials, accountability for Exide lead contamination has been scant California regulators allowed the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to operate for decades without a full permit. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) BY Tony Barboza California officials have talked tough about the contamination of up to 10,000 homes with […]

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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: 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 – 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

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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: 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: 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 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 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: 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 BREAKING NEWS / MEDIA ROUNDUP: FINALLY! — After decades of toxic pollution and contamination, Exide to permanently close violation-ridden Vernon lead smelter to avoid criminal charges in deal reached with U.S. Attorney

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“The reign of toxic lead ends today,” acting U.S. Atty. Stephanie Yonekura said Thursday. “After more than nine decades of ongoing lead contamination in the city of Vernon, neighborhoods can now start to breathe easier.” Under a deal between federal officials and the company, Exide acknowledges criminal conduct, including the illegal storage and transportation of hazardous […]

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