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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: DTSC reports shows high lead levels at five elementary schools near Exide

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89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO High lead levels found at 5 schools near Exide BY Elizabeth Aguilera July 08 2016 CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 4:48 Three-year-old Alejandro Monterroso is in hot pursuit of his 7-year-old sister Emily on a  dusty side yard at Lorena Street Elementary School in […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: DTSC claims its environmental review will delay expanded cleanup of lead from homes near Exide lead smelter for about a year

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Before you read the story below, read what is supposed to be the purpose and mission of the California Department of Toxic Substances, which can be found in the graphic below and on its website. (And why are there so many vacancies in the leadership team at the agency?) Then, ask yourself, what is wrong between this declaration of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Scant accountability for decades among public officials (from municipal, regional, state to federal level) for Exide lead contamination of at least 10,000 homes near smelter

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LOS ANGELES TIMES For public officials, accountability for Exide lead contamination has been scant California regulators allowed the Exide Technologies battery recycling plant in Vernon to operate for decades without a full permit. (Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times) BY Tony Barboza California officials have talked tough about the contamination of up to 10,000 homes with […]

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EXIDE VERNON UPDATE: Los Angeles area residents affected by contamination from Exide lead smelter say slow cleanup adds insult to injury; Residents wary of DTSC which they believe dropped the ball on regulating Exide with existing laws to protect residents from decades of lead, arsenic and benzine contamination

Exide Slow Cleanup

FREE SPEECH RADIO NETWORK LA residents affected by pollution from shuttered battery plant say slow cleanup adds insult to injury MAY 24, 2016 Protesters call Exide Technologies serial polluters. (Photo credit: Larry Buhl)  CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO Attorneys with the NAACP filed a federal class action lawsuit last week on behalf of residents […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Residents work to expand testing area from Exide smelter’s lead contamination to 4.5 miles from DTSC’s 1.7 mile cleanup zone

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EGPNEWS.COM Demands to Expand Exide Test Area Grow By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer At the first public hearing since the governor signed legislation to appropriate $176.6 million for the testing and cleanup of residential properties surrounding the now shuttered Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon, residents were not jumping for joy or thanking state […]

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EXIDE VERNON: DTSC plans rollout of jobs and development training program that could train impacted residents to test for environmental damages like those they’ve encountered from Exide lead smelter

Exide Vernon cleanup training

EGPNEWS.COM Exide: From Brownfield to Classroom By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer East and southeast Los Angeles County area residents could soon be trained to test for environmental damages like those in their own backyard. The Department of Toxic Substances Control plans in coming months to roll out a job and development training program open […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKNG NEWS: Los Angles County soil testing finds widespread lead contamination near Exide plant

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LOS ANGELES TIMES County soil testing finds widespread contamination near former Exide plant Soil taken from a yard in Commerce near the now-shuttered Exide battery plant is tested in February by a team from the L.A. County Health Department. A new county report says that nearly all of the 500 homes sampled had enough lead […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS – MEDIA ROUNDUP – Analysis finds higher levels of lead in blood of young children living near Exide lead smelter

Lead poisoning children

89.3 KPCC – SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PUBLIC RADIO Analysis finds high blood lead levels near Exide, doesn’t answer why BY Paul Glickman April 08 2016 The former Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon. MAE RYAN/KPCC CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO AUDIO FROM THIS STORY – 0:43 secondsYoung children living near the former Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Lawmakers finally move bills for Exide cleanup

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EGPNEWS.COM LAWMAKERS MOVE BILLS FOR EXIDE CLEANUP By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer When Teresa Marquez first heard that Gov. Jerry Brown was proposing $176.6 million to expedite and expand the cleanup of homes and other properties contaminated by a now-shuttered lead-acid battery recycling plant, she told herself and others, “I won’t believe it, until […]

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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: Former Exide worker dies of cancer he feared came about from working at plant; In Memory of Salvador Andrade

Salvador Andrade

CBS LOS ANGELES Former Exide Worker Dies Of Cancer He Feared Came About From Working At Plant March 29, 2016 6:14 PM LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Salvador Andrade always believed in the value of a hard day’s work. But Andrade also worried that his years of labor at the Exide battery-recycling plant in Vernon took a massive toll on his health. […]

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EXIDE VERNON: U.S. Rep. Loretta Sanchez calls attention to Exide’s serious contamination of predominantly Latino Vernon and Southeast Los Angeles communities with lead and other toxins

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NEWS RELEASE – U.S. Rep Loretta Sanchez REP. LORETTA SANCHEZ CALLS ATTENTION TO EXIDE POISONING VERNON & SOUTHEAST LOS ANGELES COMMUNITIES Mar 29, 2016 Press Release WASHINGTON, D.C. – Last week, Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez (CA-46) called attention to the toxic contamination produced by the Exide Technologies recycling plant and its damaging effects on the health of […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: State not using available blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

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Blood-testing data have guided government responses to lead contamination elsewhere. In Flint, Mich., the state is using maps of children’s blood lead levels to target neighborhoods hardest hit by the city’s lead-contaminated drinking water. But in California, officials have been unable to launch a similar effort. The California Department of Toxic Substances Control said it […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: LA County tax assessor says he will review value of properties impacted by lead from Exide smelter weeks after announcing review of Porter Ranch properties

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Property owners with questions about the review can call the assessor’s office at (626) 258-6001. LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS Homes in Exide contamination area could see property tax relief Homes near the Exide Technologies plant in Vernon could see property tax relief, said the county assessor. (2015 photo by Keith Birmingham/Pasadena Star-News)  By City News […]

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EXIDE VERNON BREAKING NEWS: Los Angeles City Council calls for timeline, increased funds in Exide cleanup

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KPCC – 89.3 FM LA City Council calls for timeline, increased funds in Exide cleanup In this file photo, a sign is posted outside a home as Exide begins to remove lead-polluted soil in Boyle Heights. The City Council called on the state Wednesday to require California’s toxics regulator to create a public timeline and […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Los Angeles councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant

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LOS ANGELES TIMES L.A. councilman joins calls to speed up toxic cleanup around Exide plant On Friday, community members and activists gather in the backyard of a home east of downtown Los Angeles to mark the shuttering of the Exide Technologies battery plant in nearby Vernon last year. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times) BY Emily Alpert […]

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EXIDE VERNON: Almost a year after Exide was shut down, its toxic plant, neighbors are trapped in an environmental nightmare

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LOS ANGELES TIMES Almost a year after Exide shut down its toxic plant, neighbors are trapped in an environmental nightmare Amelia Vallejo talks to L.A. County Supervisor Hilda Solis about the lead contamination in her yard. Steve Lopez Warmer days are coming soon to the working-class communities east and southeast of downtown Los Angeles, but […]

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EXIDE VERNON: California Assembly questions actions on Exide

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EGPNEWS.COM Assembly Questions Actions on Exide By Nancy Martinez, EGP Staff Writer Years of public outrage over the Exide Technologies’ contamination of cities and neighborhoods in the east and southeast Los Angeles area finally appears to be getting the attention of state legislators, likely in response to growing accusations that California has a double standard […]

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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

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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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