Exide Battery Plant to Close in Vernon

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U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura announced this week that after more than 90 years, the Vernon battery recycling plant a few miles from downtown L.A. is shutting down for good. It was a notorious polluter. Now, after years of complaints and a federal investigation, Exide, the company that operates the plant, has made a deal to demolish the plant and pay for the cleanup. That’s estimated to cost at least $50 million. But under the agreement, the company will not be prosecuted. We look at how the settlement came about.

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Guest:
Tony Barboza - Los Angeles Times - @tonybarboza

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Jolie Myers, Matt Holzman, Anna Scott, Christian Bordal