| Jan 15, 2014
| 7:52 PM
SACRAMENTO—The head of the state toxics department told a state Senate hearing Wednesday that she is working hard to correct the agency's problems regulating hazardous waste and is seeking increased funding and other changes to beef up key areas....
| Jan 16, 2014
| 9:38 PM
Air district officials filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking up to $40 million from a Vernon battery recycler accused of posing a health risk for emitting too much lead and arsenic.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District sued Exide Technologies in...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 3:40 PM
A proposed law requiring a Vernon battery recycler to get a final permit to operate by 2015 or shut down was approved Thursday morning by the California Senate.
The bill by Sen. Ricardo Lara (D-Long Beach) targets Exide Technologies, one of the world'...
| May 1, 2014
| 11:07 PM
The head of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control is resigning after three years leading the long troubled department.
Debbie Raphael, who took over as director of the state agency in 2011, grappled publicly with reforming a department...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 10:11 PM
A Vernon battery recycler may not resume lead smelting until its furnaces can operate in compliance with tough new air district rules on arsenic emissions.
The South Coast Air Quality Management District's hearing board ruled Tuesday that Exide...
| Mar 28, 2014
| 1:38 PM
A Vernon battery recycler under fire for contaminating nearby homes with lead and threatening the health of more than 100,000 people with its arsenic emissions is in trouble once again for emitting more than the permitted level of lead, according to the...
| Mar 15, 2014
Here's a response to Rick Perry for his latest attempt to woo California businesses to Texas that the Lone Star State governor might understand: Bring it on.
Perry, whose state just poached L.A.-based Occidental Petroleum Corp., plans another swing...
| Mar 19, 2014
| 10:38 PM
Furious residents confronted state officials at a community meeting Wednesday night to discuss the high levels of lead found in the backyards of homes near a Vernon battery recycling plant.
"We've been hearing the same junk over and over and over," said...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:05 AM
Join Times staff writer Jessica Garrison for an L.A. Now Live discussion at 12:30 p.m. on the high levels of lead found in the backyards of homes near a Vernon battery recycling plant.
Last week, state officials announced that soil testing revealed...
| Mar 20, 2014
| 9:55 PM
One year after the South Coast Air Quality Management District found that arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery plant posed a cancer risk to more than 100,000 people, the agency has approved Exide Technologies Inc.'s plan to reduce health risks.
| Mar 5, 2014
| 6:20 PM
Decrying the slow response of state agencies to the public health threat posed by a Vernon battery recycler and other polluting facilities, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina on Wednesday called for the creation of a county “toxic threat...