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Where's the urgency in cleaning up the Exide battery plant mess?

Where's the urgency in cleaning up the Exide battery plant mess?

State environmental regulators knew for decades that the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon was spewing deadly substances into its surroundings, but revelations about the extent of the damage have continued even after the company agreed to shutter the plant. Six months ago, state officials discovered dangerously high levels of toxic lead dust in more homes farther from the site. Two months ago, officials projected that as many as 10,000 homes could be contaminated, putting children in the area at risk of lead poisoning that can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems.

Everyone agrees this is an urgent problem that needs immediate action, but the California...

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