The former plant is believed to have impacted more than 10,000 properties east of Los Angeles.
Lax enforcement and major permitting problems plague hazardous waste facilities in Los Angeles.
An October bankruptcy settlement let Exide Technologies walk away from a multimillion dollar cleanup in L.A. Could California have done more to secure recovery costs?
Estrada Courts sits within the Exide contamination zone, but the state has yet to test the homes there for lead.
The five-year cleanup of a lead-contamination zone is a story of confusion, shifting goalposts, missed deadlines and bloated budgets.
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The Dept. of Toxic Substances Control has halted all field work on cleaning homes affected by Exide contamination until further notice.