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  Community and urban gardening offer numerous benefits. Some gardens and outdoor play areas may have harmful substances like lead in the soil. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) (part of the Center for Disease Control) promotes health education and outreach events called “soilSHOPs” to help people learn if their soil is […]

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NATIONAL LEAD POISONING PREVENTION WEEK: Coalition of national organizations send call to action to President Obama for U.S. finally to end lead exposure and poisoning for children

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FRIENDS OF THE EARTH Health, environment & children’s groups call for national strategy to end lead poisoning and lead exposure Posted Oct. 24, 2016 / Posted by: Kate Colwell Coalition asks federal agencies to make National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week more than symbolic WASHINGTON, D.C. – A coalition of organizations across the country have sent a call […]

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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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John Oliver questions why Sesame Street characters are more concerned about real dangers of lead than lawmakers and regulatory agencies

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On his “Last Week Tonight” show, comedian and social commentator John Oliver questions why — given that so much has been know for so long about the toxicity of lead — Sesame Street characters are more concerned about lead exposure and contamination than most lawmakers and regulatory agencies. John, we could have told you that Exide […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Public hearing date for Exide’s draft closure plan and the DTSC’s Draft Environmental Impact Report rescheduled to Feb. 3


CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TOXIC SUBSTANCES The mission of DTSC is to protect California’s people and environment from harmful effects of toxic substances by restoring contaminated resources, enforcing hazardous waste laws, reducing hazardous waste generation, and encouraging the manufacture of chemically safer products. Rescheduled Public Hearing Date for Exide’s Draft Closure Plan and DTSC’s Draft Environmental […]

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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 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


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: 58th District Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia issues statement regarding latest DTSC revelation that lead contamination from Exide smelter is much wider than originally thought, and that testing now show residents in City of Commerce are also affected; Calls situation ‘full-blown public health emergency’ and for DTSC to begin cleanup immediately


Statement from Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia Addressing Lead Contamination by Exide in the City of Commerce Friday, August 21, 2015 As we learned with last night’s announcement by Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), lead contamination spewed by the Exide battery plant knows no political or jurisdictional boundaries and testing now shows residents in the City […]

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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?


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


 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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