The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health in partnership with the Board of Supervisors, is continuing outreach efforts to support residents in the communities living near Quemetco, Inc., a battery recycling facility in the City of Industry.
With the support of Board Chair Supervisor Janice Hahn (4th District) and Supervisor Hilda L. Solis (1st District), the Department of Public Health is conducting a door-to-door community outreach event to homes near the Quemetco facility. Outreach teams will visit households and businesses in Hacienda Heights on September 21, 2019 to conduct a health questionnaire to understand the concerns and needs of residents and to provide health education materials.
Saturday, September 21st, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Hacienda Heights Community Center (north parking lot)
1234 Valencia Ave, Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
Quemetco is a Battery Recycling plant in the City of Industry. According to the Department of Toxic Substance Control (DTSC) and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) operations at the plant may have released harmful levels of lead (a metal) and arsenic (a chemical element) into surrounding communities of Hacienda Heights, La Puente, and Avocado Heights. Exposure to high levels of lead and arsenic may cause significant health risks.
There are many sources of lead in our environment, such as our food and beverages, and our indoor and outdoor environment. It is important to control all sources of lead wherever possible. Eating lead or breathing very high amounts of lead dust can cause lead poisoning.
In pregnant women, lead poisoning may cause high blood pressure, the baby to be born too early (premature birth), or loss of the baby (miscarriage).
Most people who have lead poisoning do not look or feel sick. The only way to know if you have lead poisoning is with a blood lead test. Signs of possible lead poisoning include headaches, nausea, weakness, and trouble eating, sleeping, or paying attention.
The Department of Public Health Department offers free blood lead testing for residents and workers who live near Quemetco. A Public Health employee will work with you and your family to obtain a blood lead test. Test results are confidential and will be sent to you directly from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. For more information, please call the Quemetco Hotline at (213) 738-3232.
Tell your doctor or health care provider that you live in the Quemetco area and might be exposed to lead or arsenic. Ask for these lab tests: CBC, metabolic count, and urine. While there is no definitive test for arsenic, your doctor may be able to address other concerns and assess you for possible health effects.