Community Meeting Held To Protest Nearby Toxic Battery Plant

Community Meeting Held To Protest Nearby Toxic Battery Plant

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Boyle Heights, CA -

(FOX 11) When I got to the Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights I expected a packed room with angry fists waving in the air. There were some people with terse comments. Others with questions they needed answered. But, only a mere handful of people came to what was billed as the first meeting between state officials and the community after concerns were raised about toxic levels from the Exide Battery Recycling Plant in the City of Vernon. Levels that were of such a concern that parents were told not to let their children play in the dirt at 39 homes in two neighborhoods in Maywood and Boyle Heights.

Officials from the CA. Dept. of Toxic Substances Control fielded questions and updated what recent samplings found.

Brian Johnson is the Deputy Director of DTSC. He told me "this is not an emergency situation but the DTSC is concerned that anytime we find lead in a residential area we are going to make that polluter pay."

He added "we have told Exide that by this Friday they need to give us a plan for how they are going to minimize any exposures from the lead in the yards.")

Gina Lopez, who lives in one of those 39 homes said she felt relieved after the meeting that something was being done. But, the levels still frightened her as did the notion of not knowing what may lie down the road.

When I put that concern to Brian Johnson he told me "I'm confident now we are on the right path."

Another meeting will be held Wednesday night at 6:15 at Resurrection Church for those who could not attend the Tuesday meeting.

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