LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A City Council committee may take legal action over the alleged release of potentially toxic material by a Vernon-based company.
Officials with the South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) said in March that Exide Technologies may have exposed more than 100,000 residents to arsenic emissions from the disposing of old batteries at its facility on 2700 South Indiana Street.
A company health risk assessment showed residents in portions of Vernon, Maywood, Huntington Park, Commerce, Boyle Heights and unincorporated areas of east Los Angeles may have been exposed to cancer-causing toxins.
Under California’s AB2588 law, commonly known as the Toxic Hot Spots program, facilities that emit toxic air pollutants must develop health risk assessments using scientific tools to estimate the risk of cancer as well as non-cancer health effects to residents.
City Councilman Jose Huizar told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO officials with Exide may not be motivated to address the issue as quickly as the city would like.