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News Story
8/9/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Do regulators in California have your back when utilities or industries run amok, or when there’s a threat to public health in your neighborhood? We’d all like to think so, but there’s a long history of coziness between regulators, industry titans and politicians. So you’d have to be a hopeless optimist, or a very trusting...
News Story
8/4/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Young children play in the back yard under the shade of an avocado tree. The kids dig holes while their grandfather makes homemade guacamole. It's a scene that's played out at the Mariz family home in Maywood for years. But no more. "They found lead throughout my front yard but not as bad as the backyard. The backyard is worse,...
News Story
7/7/2017
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. Consumer advocates and community activists say the state Department of Toxic Substances Control's long-awaited plan to remove lead from more than 2,000 properties around the former Exide battery recycling plant doesn't do enough to protect residents from lead exposure. They...
News Story
10/24/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment.   Exide Technologies is suing the California Department of Public Health to obtain more data about the sources of lead contamination around its former battery recycling plant in Vernon. The state is pushing back, arguing that releasing the information would threaten the...
News Story
5/18/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
Click here to listen to the audio of this radio broadcast segment. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control is reviewing a number of its decisions to take no further action regarding potential environmental contamination, with a specific focus on cases involving two senior agency scientists who had exchanged dozens of racially-charged...
News Release
2/17/2016
Posted by Liza Tucker
Santa Monica, CA -- Governor Brown’s announcement today that the state will spend $176.6 million to clean up a wide swath of East Los Angeles in the wake of Exide Technologies’ decades-long lead contamination is a major victory for the people who live near the shuttered facility, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Governor Brown...
News Story
2/17/2016
Posted by Mark Reback
After years of silence, Gov. Jerry Brown Wednesday asked California state lawmakers to spend nearly $177 million for expedited testing and cleanup of lead contamination in communities around the former Exide plant in Vernon. "This Exide battery recycling facility has been a problem for a very long time," Brown said in  a statement...
News Story
11/22/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation to Truthout and fund more stories like it! California's regulatory agencies have repeatedly failed in their testing, enforcement and cleanup of various lead-contaminated sites in the state, an investigation by Truthout...
News Story
11/19/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
In the wake of a growing lead pollution investigation in neighborhoods around the now shuttered Exide Technologies plant in Vernon, state toxics regulators have ordered a second lead battery recycler in nearby Industry to test soil outside its property for lead contamination. The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has given Quemetco, Inc...
News Story
3/16/2015
Posted by Mark Reback
Listen to the audio of this radio broadcast here: http://www.kcrw.com/news-culture/shows/which-way-la/cleaning-up-exide-after-decades-of-pollution-and-misconduct WHICH WAY LA? For decades, there have been reports of toxic contamination from the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon: leaks of toxic chemicals, including arsenic; emission of so...