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


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

ExideVernon Community

“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

Test Soil for Lead

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 – 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 BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles County Department of Public Health asks Southern California health educators to help promote blood lead screenings in East Los Angeles neighborhoods near violation-ridden Exide lead smelter

Small - Exide Blood Lead Testing

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA SOCIETY FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EDUCATION The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is responding to concerns about lead exposure in communities near the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in the city of Vernon, California.  Public Health is offering free, confidential Blood Lead Screening for any resident, student, employee, or childcare participant within an […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Exide begins removing lead-tainted soil from homes near Vernon smelter; State expands soil testing for lead from Exide plant to at least 144 more homes

Exide Vernon home cleanup

89.2 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Exide to remove lead-polluted soil from 2 homes north of its Vernon plant By Molly Peterson August 11, 09:06 PM Exide begins to remove lead-polluted soil on Monday morning at a house on the 1200 block of La Puerta Street in Boyle Heights.   MAYA SUGARMAN/KPCC AUDIO FROM […]

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EDITORIAL- LOS ANGELES TIMES: Needed: A Department of Toxic Substances Control worthy of its name


The Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon has been accused of endangering more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions and is being investigated as the source of lead contamination in nearby backyards. (Los Angeles Times) By THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD  What good is a Department of Toxic Substances Control that doesn’t control toxic substances? The […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Considered a “total win” by some, South Coast Air Quality Management District reaches agreement with Exide that bars Vernon smelter from resuming operations until new arsenic emission controls are installed and measures are taken to prevent lead-contaminated dust from being released during construction, maintenance; Agency’s abatement orders to be considered during public meeting TONIGHT – JULY 9 – at Maywood Academy High School; Plant may reopen late this year or early 2015


David Pettit, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, called the deal “a total win for the air district.” “They’re getting everything they want in terms of getting the facility to comply with the new, very strict regulations that it has on its books and all the litigation goes away,” he said. But the […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Statewide Call to Action – #Healthy Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally and News Conference – Monday, April 14, 10 AM, PST, Exide lead smelter – 2700 S. Indiana, Vernon, CA


ANNOUNCEMENT FROM CALIFORNIA ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE ALLIANCE AND COMMUNITIES FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT #Health Hoods not Toxic Hotspots Rally & Press Conference Monday April 14th at Exide! STATEWIDE CALL TO ACTION Join the fight to ensure No More Exides and win healthy hoods throughout California! April 14th at 10 am Exide, 2700 S Indiana St, Vernon […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Free blood lead screenings underway for east and southeast Los Angeles residents who live within two miles of Exide lead smelter

Exide blood lead tests

The lead emissions at a decades-old lead smelter operated by Exide Technologies Inc., which crushes and recycles used automotive and industrial batteries, are among the highest in the south-central U.S. EGPNEWS.COM Health Officials Urge Southeast Residents to be Tested for Lead Lead can cause health problems in adults and children. By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles Board of Supervisors approves creation of Task Force aimed at closing Exide lead smelter and identifying other industrial health threats


LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Los Angeles County creates task force to battle industrial pollution By Elizabeth Marcellino, City News Service POSTED: 03/11/14, 12:41 PM PDT | LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors today approved the creation of a task force aimed at closing a battery recycling plant in Vernon and identifying other industrial […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Vernon City Council supports proposed new AQMD rule that would set stricter lead emission standards for large lead smelters like Exide, as well as establish arsenic emission standards for the first time. Exide Update page added to City’s website


 In his letter to the AQMD, McCormick said he wants to “ensure that everything possible is being done by [AQMD] to protect the health and safety of our residents.” PAR 1420.1 would implement stricter air emission standards for large lead-acid battery recycling facilities. Currently, Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco Inc. in the City of […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE – SCAQMD: “Exide #1 on all-time list of toxic polluters”

Exide No. 1 Toxic Polluter

“The agency (South Coast AQMD) has not dealt with the stationary source of air pollution that has presented a risk as high as Exide’s. Exide is No. 1 on the list – on the all-time list – of toxic polluters.” Kurt Weise, General Counsel, South Coast Air Quality Management District CBS LOS ANGELES Embattled Battery […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Deadline extended to Jan. 31, 2014 to submit Exide Personal Claim Forms

  BOYLE HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL Exide Technologies Personal Claim Form Submission Deadline EXTENDED to January 31, 2014 EXIDE BANKRUPTCY COURT EXTENDS PERSONAL INURY FILING DEADLINE The District of Delaware, U.S. Bankruptcy Court today extended the deadline by 90 days whereby local residents who may have been damaged by the Exide Technologies battery plant in the […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Natural Resources Defense Council on SQAQMD moves to shut down Exide lead smelter


NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL SCAQMD Moves To Shut Down Lead Smelter By Dave Pettit Director, Southern California Air Program Posted October 22, 2013 Exide Technologies is a lead-acid battery recycling company in Vernon, California, with a history of air pollution and soil pollution problems.  Exide has been operating with an interim permit to dispose of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Regulators move to shut down Exide lead smelter


SOUTH COAST AIR QUALITY MANAGEMENT DISTRICT “Exide has had recurring operational problems this year and a troubled compliance history over the past several years,” said Barry Wallerstein, SCAQMD’s executive officer. “These problems have resulted in excess emissions of lead and arsenic – two highly toxic metals – that have imposed a significant health risk to […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – California state senators call for U.S. bankruptcy court to exempt personal injury claims by Vernon area residents from Exide’s bankruptcy proceedings; Oct. 31 deadline to submit proof if want to file claim for damages; Community meeting to discuss filing of claims to be held Oct. 21


“Residents of Vernon and surrounding communities have been notified by the court that they have until Oct. 31 to submit proof if they want to file a claim for damages against Exide… Residents who have received a claim form regarding Exide’s bankruptcy may be interested in attending the next Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch meeting in […]

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EXIDE VERNON TOWN HALL MEETING MEDIA ROUNDUP – Citing regulators as Cartel of Contamination, residents express anger, demand closing of Exide lead smelter during heated meeting; state legislators call for investigative audits of DTSC after release of Golden Wasteland report


NBC LOS ANGELES Outrage Over Exide Battery Recycling Plant in Vernon By Beverly White, Sean Browning Oct 9, 2013 Nearby residents expressed their concerns at a meeting Tuesday night over a battery plant reopening after it was found to have spewed toxins. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Oct. 8, […]

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