Exide’s operations resulted in the release of harmful levels of lead and arsenic into the environment in the communities surrounding Exide’s former Vernon facility.
Exposure to high levels of these chemicals increase the risk of cancer, breathing diseases, and learning problems. More than 100,000 people who live, work, and play near and around the former Exide plant may be at risk. To protect the public’s health, specially-trained workers are cleaning up affected homes and yards in these areas.
Exide and the California Department of Toxic Substance Control are responsible for all cleanup activities. However, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (Public Health) is working with affected communities to make sure the cleanup is successful and responsive to the community’s needs.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ) ABOUT
LA COUNTY’S RESPONSE TO CONTAMINATION FROM THE EXIDE BATTERY PLANT IN VERNON, CA
Why should I get my yard tested?