Officials with a Vernon battery recycling plant have agreed to implement tough new pollution control standards after elevated lead levels were found in the soil at dozens of nearby homes.
Officials announced Thursday that the Exide battery recycling plant in Vernon has emitted risky levels of lead into the air, violating federal limits and endangering nearby residents’ health.
Exide has agreed to pay for 30,000 tests for people who live within a 2-mile radius.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health officials made the announcement on Wednesday in the wake of increased fears over reported arsenic and lead leaks from the Exide Technologies facility.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District says it approved the plan for Exide Technologies on Wednesday.
Residents demanded answers from Exide Technologies officials Wednesday night at a community forum held to discuss recent results of soil testing that found elevated lead levels in soil near the facility.
Exide Technologies, the embattled battery recycling plant in Vernon, is on the verge of being shut down.
Elected officials from several SoCal cities rallied Friday to demand “immediate accountability” for a Vernon battery manufacturer accused of polluting local neighborhoods.
Residents who live near a Vernon battery recycling plant are being offered free blood testing to detect possible lead poisoning, according to reports.
A consumer advocacy group says new documents show that officials were aware of dangerous arsenic emissions and leaky pipes releasing hazardous waste into the soil before ordering Exide Technologies to suspend operations in April.
A City Council committee may take legal action over the alleged release of potentially toxic material by a Vernon-based company.