Factory keeps illegally polluting, SoCal residents say state isn’t protecting them

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Residents at a community meeting demand answers from the Department of Toxic Substances Control about their settlement with Quemetco. Photo by @worldvisionz_.

A factory east of Los Angeles that recycles lead in old car batteries has been breaking pollution rules for years. Despite protests, they’re not going anywhere.

Prospering Backyards is a group that studies lead and other metals in soil surrounding the former Exide plant. Members are cleaning up the area while pushing the government to do more.

LA’s Al Fresco program allowed restaurants to quickly put up outdoor dining spaces during the pandemic. Now the city wants to revert to some of the old requirements.