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Battery recycler Exide closes after scrutiny

Exide Technologies, a Vernon battery recycler, has long faced scrutiny for spewing lead and arsenic into neighborhoods in southeast Los Angeles County. Here is a selection of Los Angeles Times coverage of the pollution, the legal case against Exide and its aftermath.

  • State to begin using children's blood tests to focus cleanup of Vernon battery recycling plant

    State to begin using children's blood tests to focus cleanup of Vernon battery recycling plant

    Under intense criticism from California lawmakers, the state will begin using blood test results from children to help focus its massive cleanup of lead-contaminated homes in southeast Los Angeles County, state officials said Wednesday. Environmental regulators have received a state Department...

  • State isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

    State isn't using blood-test data that could help focus Exide cleanup efforts

    The state of California has blood test results showing high levels of lead in children living near the closed Exide battery plant in Vernon but is not using the information to direct its massive cleanup of lead-contaminated homes and yards. Health experts say the test results should be used to...

  • L.A. County to set up strike team to look at oil and gas wells

    L.A. County to set up strike team to look at oil and gas wells

    Los Angeles County supervisors voted Tuesday to set up a strike team of fire, public health and planning officials to look at the safety of oil and gas fields in unincorporated county areas. The action was prompted by the recent four-month gas leak at Southern California Gas Co.'s Aliso Canyon...

  • High lead levels found in Exide area

    High lead levels found in Exide area

    In the Exide Technologies cleanup area, 547 residents under age 21 were found to have high levels of lead in their blood. Some census tracts with high lead counts overlapped with cleanup focus areas, which were selected based on wind patterns, proximity to the plant and soil tests that detected...

  • Gov. Jerry Brown wants state to put $176 million toward Exide cleanup

    Gov. Jerry Brown wants state to put $176 million toward Exide cleanup

    Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called on the state to spend $176.6 million to speed up the testing and cleanup of potentially thousands of lead-contaminated homes surrounding a shuttered battery recycling plant in Vernon. The move would mark a significant boost to a massive effort to test and clean...

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