The Exide clean-up package

By CMTA Staff

Capitol Update, April 8, 2016 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

On Wednesday morning, April 6th, the Assembly Budget Subcommittee 3 on Transportation and Natural Resources, chaired by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) held an informational hearing on the proposed plan to clean-up the Exide technologies facility in the city of Vernon, California. Assemblymember Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) is carrying AB 118, that will appropriate $176,600,000 from the Toxic Substances Control Account to the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for activities related to the clean-up and investigation of lead-contaminated properties in the communities surrounding the Exide Technologies facility. The lead-contamination has effected residents’ health, homes, daycares, schools, and parks. According to Assemblymember Santiago, “the problem has been affecting this community for over 30 years.” The time it will take to test, demolish, remove and rebuild homes and infrastructure is unknown at this time.

The goal of AB 118 is to effectively and safely clean up the contaminated areas as soon as possible, provide job and development training programs, while fostering community engagement with the DTSC. There is a companion bill, SB 93, carried by Senate Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon in the Upper House. Both bills will take effect immediately if passed and signed by Governor Brown.

 

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