| 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...
| 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 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...
| 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...
| Feb 15, 2014
| 11:18 AM
Soon after starting work at Lincoln Elementary in Paramount nearly five years ago, second-grade teacher Lisa Lappin became alarmed by the number of teachers and students sick from cancer and other illnesses.
Pungent, metallic odors sometimes blanketed...
| 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...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 4:45 PM
Elevated levels of lead have been found in the soil of homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in southeast Los Angeles, prompting officials to issue health precautions and order expanded testing in additional neighborhoods.
| Mar 11, 2014
| 9:06 AM
Officials plan to hold a community meeting next week to discuss elevated levels of lead found in soil at homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in southeast Los Angeles.
The findings have prompted officials to issue health precautions...
| Mar 10, 2014
| 10:21 PM
Elevated levels of lead have been found in the soil of homes and a preschool near a battery recycling plant in Vernon, prompting officials to issue health warnings and order more testing in adjacent neighborhoods.
State toxic waste regulators said the...