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For 30 years, Exide was allowed to recycle lead batteries in Vernon without a full permit. Thousands of children in surrounding neighborhoods appear to have been exposed to lead poison. Now the state agency that stood by while environmental crimes were committed is accused of being lax about making sure there’s a cleanup. We get an update.

Also on the program, the battle between Democrats and Republicans to find the billions of dollars to make up for deferred maintenance of California's crumbling infrastructure.

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Producers:
Christine Detz
Jenny Hamel

County Steps in to Speed Exide Clean-up 12 MIN, 32 SEC

In Boyle Heights, East LA and other neighborhoods, a company called Exide recycled lead batteries without a full permit from the State Department of Toxic Substances Control. That went on for three decades until last year, when federal officials forced Exide to admit it committed environmental crimes. The plant has been shut down, but toxic contamination is still widespread and the DTSC is not showing the urgency needed to clean it up. That's according to Supervisor Hilda Solis, who represents the area. 

Guests:
Hilda Solis, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors (@HildaSolis)
Angelo Bellomo, LA County Department of Public Health (@lapublichealth)

More:
Board of Supervisors approves motion to help families affected by Exide contamination
LA County Department of Public Health on precautions for communities near Exide Technologies

California's Crumbling Roads 13 MIN, 22 SEC

California's transportation infrastructure is falling apart after years of deferred maintenance. Governor Brown called a special session of the legislature to deal with the problem, but the Assembly and Senate have left Sacramento and gone home — without taking action. 

Guests:
Mark Watts, Transportation California (@Transport_CA)
Jimmy Gomez, California State Assembly (@JimmyGomezCA)

More:
Transportation California on the highway funding battle
Fix Our Roads Coalition

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