Battery recycling plant exposes Boyle Heights residents to dangerous emissions

Mar. 30, 2013 / By


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A battery recycling plant bordering Boyle Heights has been ordered to lower its cancer-causing emissions posing a danger to more than 110,000 southeast Los Angeles area residents.

The South Coast Air Quality Management District directed the Vernon facility, Exide Technologies, to provide a “risk reduction plan” after recent assessments showed a high cancer risk affecting a significant number of residents in Boyle Heights, Vernon, Maywood, Huntington Park, Commerce and some areas of East L.A.

The battery recycling giant provided the report in compliance to Assembly Bill 2588, the so-called Toxic Hot Spots program, which requires companies that emit toxic air pollutants to assess possible health risks and regularly provide reports of their findings.

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