Los departamentos (Estrada Courts) continúan sin salida de la zona de contaminación, sin embargo, el estado no ha examinado la posible presencia de plomo en esas casas.
Who was watching the watchdogs as the cleanup of lead contamination on L.A.’s Eastside ran out of money?
Estrada Courts sits within the Exide contamination zone, but the state has yet to test the homes there for lead.
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In the wake of Exide’s bankruptcy filing, questions arise about the state’s missed opportunities to secure recovery costs from Exide.
A bill to reform the Department of Toxic Substances Control has been a long time coming, but will Governor Newsom sign it?
Budget overruns, conflicts of interest and bankruptcy hound the quarter-billion-dollar Exide cleanup.
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.
California allocated $176 million to test and clean 2,500 lead-threatened properties surrounding the closed Exide battery plant near downtown Los Angeles. To date only 335 parcels have been cleaned.
Battery recycling is considered one of the most potentially hazardous industries. Yet Vernon’s Exide workers were routinely being poisoned with nearly nonexistent intervention by Cal/OSHA.
California’s Department of Public Health and Cal/OSHA didn’t protect workers from lead contamination at a battery recycling plant. A state Assembly member will hold hearings for a worker-protection bill based on our investigation.