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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: NEWSWEEK: In Southeast Los Angeles, your front yard might be a toxic waste site

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“They pollute and leave,” says Monsignor John Moretta, of Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights who has been one of the central organizers in the fight against Exide. Moretta has few illusions about his neighborhood, whose residential streets taper off into tracts of warehouses and factories: “the armpit of L.A.,” he lovingly calls it. A large […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: (Excellent article!) At what point could the DTSC — California’s environmental protection agency — have stopped Exide’s blatant contamination of Vernon and surrounding communities with the long-time criminal operation of its toxic lead smelter? What lessons does DTSC say it’s learned? We believe similar agencies nationwide — from the municipal to the federal level — should pay attention and review their own actions regarding Exide

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She was referring to the impressive level of negligence on the part of the DTSC and other relevant authorities that allowed Exide (and its predecessors) to operate without a formal permit and largely with impunity for decades. As we recently charted here, Exide has repeatedly violated air quality and other standards by improperly storing lead-acid batteries, […]

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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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