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L.A. Now Live: Discuss high levels of lead found near Exide plant

Join Times staff writer Jessica Garrison for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 12:30 p.m. on the high levels of lead found in the backyards of homes near a Vernon battery recycling plant.

Last week, state officials announced that soil testing revealed elevated levels of lead at homes and a park north and south of the Exide Technologies plant.

Officials with the State Department of Toxic Substances Control issued health warnings, telling people not to let children play in bare soil or eat leafy green vegetables grown in it. They also ordered additional testing of more homes, and told Exide to come up with a plan to protect small children and pregnant women living in places with elevated lead levels.

Residents furious with the revelations confronted state officials at a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss the high levels of lead.

Garrison, who has been reporting on issues involving Exide, will be able to answer questions and respond to reader comments about the levels of lead found, what the response has been, and what public officials and the company's leaders plan to do.

You can send questions and comments for Garrison via Twitter to moderator @aribloomekatz before 12:30 p.m., or directly through the chat interface on the L.A. Times homepage when the chat goes live.

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