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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 – Los Angeles Times Editorial: How to pay for cleaning up all of the contamination from the Exide lead smelter

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

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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 – LOS ANGELES TIMES EDITORIAL – Vernon’s Exide battery plant: An environmental wake-up call

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 There’s no clearer sign that state environmental regulators have failed to protect public health than the warning issued this month to parents living in the shadow of the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: Don’t let children play in the dirt in your backyard…. The example of Exide must be a wake-up call to Gov. Jerry […]

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TIME TO STATE THE OBVIOUS: Exide’s and others’ ongoing toxic contamination of communities across the U.S. without significant consquences is due to total systemic failure of municipal, state, regional and federal agencies to meet their responsibilities to protect people and the environment. This LA Times special report documents failure at the state level…

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…Connect the special investigative report by The Los Angeles Times below with the great investigative work done by respected media organizations like USA Today and NPR and The Center for Public Integrity and Bill Moyers & Company, as well as the ongoing, ground-breaking research work being done by globally respected scientists such as Dr. Howard […]

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EXIDE’S NEGATIVE IMPACT ON OTHER COMMUNITIES UPDATE: LOS ANGELES TIMES – Seven Exide plants across the U.S. have been linked to health-risk levels of airborne lead

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(Lead Free Frisco started its Exide’s Negative Impact on Other Communities page in 2011 to track stories about how Exide’s lead smelters are impacting communities across the United States. Below is the Los Angeles Times’ May 29, 2013, story based on a review of EPA and local and state government data showing that since 2012, […]

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BREAKING NEWS: LA City Council votes unanimously to back investigation into why Exide’s Vernon lead smelter cited for arsenic pollution has been allowed to operate with temporary permit for more than 30 years; asks city attorney to lay out plans for possible legal action against Exide or to compel state to protect public from potentially dangerous levels of lead and arsenic

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(See stories below from the Los Angeles Times, CBS Los Angeles and EPG & City News Service, as well as links to information about the Exide Vernon lead smelter and its levels of toxicity provided by the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and to updates on the suspension of Exide’s Vernon plant, provided by […]

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