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Charles A. Gonzalez
High lead levels have Eastside family living in fear
High lead levels have Eastside family living in fear

The first Zoila Meeks heard about a Vernon battery recycler was when workers showed up at her Boyle Heights home last month and asked to dig up her yard to test for lead. They found it, and now Meeks and dozens of other residents in this quiet neighborhood of tree-lined streets tucked near the Los Angeles River are left wondering whether their health has been threatened, and what is going to happen to their homes. “It’s very scary,” said Meeks, who has a 7-month-old daughter. Other neighbors said they are keeping their children inside, washing their hands repeatedly and worrying that health problems might be related to lead, a potent neurotoxin that is particularly...

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