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Exide Cleanup

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Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a $177 million plan yesterday to test and clean up the areas contaminated by the Exide battery recycling plant. This comes almost one year since Exide Technologies shuttered its Vernon facility to avoid criminal charges for illegally handling toxic materials. For decades, the plant operated without a formal permit, melting down used car batteries. Exide polluted the air and the soil underneath the plant and in surrounding neighborhoods with lead and other toxic materials. Yet testing and cleanup efforts have been very, very slow. Thousands of angry, fearful residents have been waiting for their homes to be tested, or for yards with confirmed high levels of contamination to be cleaned up. We hear from one such resident whose yard contains very high levels of lead contamination, as well as a reporter covering the story.

Credits

Guests:
Nancy Martinez - Eastern Group Publications - @nancyreporting, Terry Gonzalez Cano - Resident

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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