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EXIDE VERNON: What’s next for Exide lead contamination cleanup after California Senate approves $177 million in funding; Perhaps more than an additional $200 million needed to complete largest environmental cleanup in California history

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Once Brown signs the legislation, the money will immediately become available. It will be used to finish testing soil for lead at up to 10,000 properties in a 1.7 mile radius around the facility and to clean up around 2,500 of the most contaminated properties over a three-year period. But it’s unclear exactly when the work […]

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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: Gov. Brown urged to appoint independent oversight of cleanup of possibly up to 10,000 homes contaminated with toxic lead dust from Exide smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Exide cleanup: L.A. County supervisor wants independent oversight Shown is the now-shuttered Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon.  (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times) By TONY BARBOZA A Los Angeles County supervisor is urging California Gov. Jerry Brown to appoint an independent expert to oversee a soil cleanup of potentially […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: California Senate approves SB 654 to increase oversight of hazardous waste facilities to help prevent irresponsible companies like Exide from knowingly contaminating neighborhoods, air, water and soil with lead, arsenic and other toxins

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NEWS RELEASE Senato President Pro Tempore Kevin de León’s Office Senate Approves Pro Tem’s Bill to Prevent Another Exide Disaster  Thursday, June 04, 2015 SB 654 Tightens Lax DTSC Oversight of Hazardous Waste Facilities SACRAMENTO – The Senate today approved a bill by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León to increase state oversight of hazardous […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: UPDATED – Community residents and environmental justice groups rally to urge California Gov. Jerry Brown for stronger laws against toxic polluters and to clean up Exide and the DTSC

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RELEASE: COMMUNITY CALLS ON GOVERNOR TO CLEAN UP EXIDE & REFORM STATE’S TOXICS AGENCY  URGE SIGNATURE ON SB 712 (LARA) AND SB 812 (DE LEÓN) September 18, 2014 Senator Kevin de León, Rev. Msgr. John Moretta, and L.A. City Councilmemer Jose Huizar and Boyle Heights/South East L.A. Residents LOS ANGELES – Urging Governor Jerry Brown […]

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EXIDE BREAKING NEWS: Two California Senate bills target permitting process for Exide’s Vernon lead smelter

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A $40 million lawsuit and two state bills are the latest additions to the arsenal of weapons being used to force Vernon-based Exide Technologies to clean up its act or be shut down. Numerous violations of state standards for toxic chemical emissions, including lead and arsenic, have placed the acid-battery recycler under heightened scrutiny and […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC issues Exide urgent emergency cleanup order because of at or near hazardous levels of toxic metals concentrations found in soil and dust samples; Concerns about rains washing toxins into Los Angeles River set Jan. 31 as deadline cleanup must be completed

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“DTSC considers the elevated concentrations of lead and other contaminants … an immediate threat to human health and the environment (i.e. the Los Angeles River),” regulators wrote to Exide, one of the world’s largest battery recyclers. Agency officials also noted in a separate memo earlier this month that “lead…and arsenic was detected in several locations […]

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