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L.A. County Conducts Health Survey of Residents Near Shuttered Battery Recycling Plant

Overall, 1,500 officials and volunteers distributed information about potential hazards and advising them on how to minimize their exposure to possible lead contamination.

Hundreds of Los Angeles County health officials and volunteers canvassed this weekend in a 1.7-mile radius around the former Exide Technologies battery plant. They were gathering information because of suspected decades of lead emissions from the shuttered facility.

The targeted neighborhoods are in Bell, Boyle Heights, Commerce, Maywood, East Los Angeles, Huntington Park and Vernon.

Overall, 1,500 officials and volunteers distributed information about potential hazards and advising them on how to minimize their exposure to possible lead contamination.

The Los Angeles Times has the report:

State regulators are testing thousands of homes to determine whether they must be cleaned of lead-tainted soil. They also have tested some schools and parks in the area.

But work to remove contaminated soil from homes has been at a standstill since last summer as the state conducts an environmental review. Regulators also are investigating complaints about one of two contractors hired to test homes.

State officials have faced repeated criticism from community groups and lawmakers over the pace of cleanup.

Exide agreed to close the facility permanently in March 2015 to avoid federal criminal prosecution after years of community outcry over air pollution and a long history of environmental violations.

Read the full story here.

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