| 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'...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 6:00 AM
One summer Saturday in the Bay Area city of Richmond, nitric acid leaked from a tank at a metal plating company, forming a toxic cloud that floated over a neighborhood of small houses and stucco apartments.
"People were coughing. They were gasping for...
| Dec 18, 2013
| 9:58 PM
Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery recycler in Southern California.
Officials with the air district earlier...
| Dec 17, 2013
Re "Board urged to shut Exide plant," Dec. 15
Amazing: The factory in Irwindale that makes Sriracha hot sauce is forced to close temporarily because some of the fumes from the plant are giving a few people in the area the sniffles, while Exide...
| Dec 15, 2013
One by one, hour after hour Saturday in a ballroom at Cal State Los Angeles, residents, elected officials and activists from southeast Los Angeles pleaded with an air district hearing board to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 7:19 PM
A hearing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to hold the first of several hearings Saturday on its petition to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people from unsafe arsenic and...
| Oct 2, 2013
| 8:40 PM
Even after being forced to cut production last month because of high lead emissions, a Vernon battery recycler has continued to violate limits on releases of the potent neurotoxin, regulators said Wednesday.
A monitor on the north side of Exide...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 10:51 PM
The speaker of California's Assembly and two state senators took environmental regulators to task before an angry crowd Tuesday over their failure to regulate a battery recycler in Vernon whose emissions have been deemed a health risk to hundreds of...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 7:21 PM
You won't find any homes of the stars on this tour bus as it shuttles rubber-necking sightseers through Los Angeles.
You may not even see the Hollywood sign through the haze from the smokestacks, rail yards and refineries along this "toxic tour" through...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 10:40 PM
Elected officials from cities across southeast Los Angeles County pledged Monday evening to marshal their political power to sway regulators to shut down a Vernon battery recycler that residents fear is harming their health because of arsenic and lead...
| Sep 13, 2013
Re "A united front against Exide," Sept. 10
Air-quality officials who warn of the dangers posed by Exide Technologies' battery recycling plant in Vernon caution that, while 250,000 people in nearby communities such as Boyle Heights and Huntington Park...