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.
California’s Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA failed to protect workers from lead contamination at a battery recycling plant.
Financial assurance flaws leave taxpayers potentially liable for massive clean-up costs.
Last year Governor Jerry Brown vetoed legislation that would have tightened scrutiny of the amount of lead absorbed by workers. Assemblyman Ash Kalra has vowed to pursue passage of his measure with 2019’s Assembly Bill 35.