Exide Response
County of
Los Angeles

BACKGROUND

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


Background

Why should I get my yard tested?

Lead FAQ

Info for County workers

Stress FAQ

Cancer FAQ

Mental Health Agencies


Lead exposure is bad for your health.

For more information, contact us at 1-800-LA-4-LEAD.

LATEST NEWS

February 2016

  • The County will begin taking soil samples on February 29. Approximately 500 properties will be sampled through mid-March.

December 2015

  • The County is continuing to collect access agreements for taking soil samples.
  • Soil sampling will begin in January 2016. Soil samples will be tested for lead. Results will be available within one month of sampling.

November 2015

  • The County has begun collecting access agreements for taking soil samples from affected properties. County staff are going door-to-door in certain affected areas to explain the process.


Resources

For more information, please contact:

Los Angeles County of Department of Public Health
http://publichealth.lacounty.gov
1-800-LA-4-LEAD (1-800-524-5323)

 
Public Health has made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translation. However, no computerized translation is perfect and is not intended to replace traditional translation methods. If questions arise concerning the accuracy of the information, please refer to the English edition of the website, which is the official version.
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