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Few residents near Exide plant undergo testing for lead levels
Few residents near Exide plant undergo testing for lead levels

Los Angeles County's attempt to test lead levels in the blood of people living near a Vernon battery recycling plant has not drawn enough participants to be of use in measuring the effects of its air pollution, county officials and health experts say. The free blood screening is intended to address concerns that lead and arsenic emissions from the Exide Technologies plant have posed a health risk to residents in southeast Los Angeles County. Testing on a large scale has the dual purpose of providing a public service to individuals worried about their exposure and giving health officials important data to examine trends across the community. But participation so far has been...

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