Photo by Art Torres

Photo by Art Torres

State officials are issuing warnings and ordering more testing after high levels of lead were found in the soil of homes and a preschool near Exide Technologies, a battery recycling plant in Vernon.

The Department of Toxic Substances Control say every home of the 39 tested in Boyle Heights and Maywood had lead contamination in the soil exceeding California’s screening levels of 80 parts per million.

One home in Boyle Heights had samples above 580 parts per million. Salazar Park Head Start was at 95 parts per million.

Regulators say lead levels do not pose a serious risk for adults, but say it is a concern for children and pregnant women. They are urging residents to stay away from bare soil, to wash their hands, and only grow vegetables in raised beds.

Exide officials say they are reviewing the findings. In a statement the company said, “Exide is studying the department’s response and will work cooperatively to conduct the additional sampling and the interim cleanup measures.”

A community meeting will be held March 19 at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights to discuss the testing.

In January the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court seeking up to $40 million in penalties from Exide due primarily to illegal emissions of lead and arsenic.

4 Responses

  1. john

    I guess it’s time to go back to growing food in pots. Flowers for the yard.

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  2. People Investigating Toxic Sites

    It seems more plausible that chemicals from the following dumpsites, and not Exide, caused the many illnesses by contaminating the soil and groundwater:.
    Vernon City Dump – 3501 Bandini Bl
    Vernon Paving Dump – 3150 Bandini Bl
    Learida’s Dump – 3480 Bandini Bl
    Clifford L Bush Dump – 3818 Bandini Bl
    John T. Fairbanks Dump, 2901 S Atlantic Bl
    Sparks Pit – south of 26th St, on west bank of L.A. River
    Air Reduction Dump – 5600 Bickett St
    Capri Tank Farm – 3128 Whittier Bl
    Los Angeles Dump – 1919 E. Washington Bl
    Hardwick Disposal Pits – 2900 S. Alameda St
    Wilmington Avenue Dump – Alameda & Randolph

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