Months of public attention and focused government action recently ended the natural gas leak in the upscale development of Porter Ranch. In dramatic — and embarrassing -- contrast, it took a threat of federal criminal action to finally close the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon last year. The plant operated for decades with a temporary permit emitting lead dust, arsenic, and benzene. Residents are getting tested and learning the full scope of their exposure. Members of the community and county lawmakers want to know why it took so long for the state to react.
FROM THIS EPISODE
More From Olney in L.A.
LATEST BLOG POSTS
Calif. governor’s race: John Cox interview Republican John Cox is a businessman originally from Chicago. He’s only lived in California for about a decade, but that hasn’t kept him from surging in recent polls — or… Read More
Calif. governor’s race: John Chiang interview Democrat John Chiang has been state treasurer since 2015. Before that he was the state controller for two terms. He’s now running to be the next governor of California. He… Read More