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.
A spokesperson for Exide Technologies said Monday the temporary layoffs would affect 20 salaried workers and 104 hourly employees.
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.
A study has found lead contamination in the soil surrounding a controversial battery recycling plant in Vernon, according to state regulators.
A California judge has increased by $50 million the amount that paint makers will have to pay into a fund to remove lead paint from homes across the state.
A demolition crew arrived Wednesday to survey the damage after a massive fire at a historic two-story church in South Los Angeles gutted the building and injured two firefighters.
Residents who live near a Vernon battery recycling plant are being offered free blood testing to detect possible lead poisoning, according to reports.
A local man has been sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for illegally importing thousands of counterfeit male-enhancement pills that contained hazardous lead levels.
California could become the first state to ban lead ammunition.
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.
California has filed a lawsuit against Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s and other food retailers, alleging they are selling ginger and plum candies tainted by lead without warning labels required by state law.
A bill that seeks to ban lead ammunition in California promises to revive a debate between gun groups and environmental advocates.
State health officials are warning consumers to avoid eating a popular line of licorice candy products that may contain levels of lead exceeding state standards.