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January 10, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
After an emotional hearing that had residents of southeast Los Angeles County talking about family members who have died of cancer, air quality officials voted unanimously Friday to adopt strict new rules on emissions of arsenic, benzene and other toxic chemicals from lead-acid battery facilities. The rules, which will go into effect next month, apply to Exide Technologies in Vernon and Quemetco in the city of Industry - the only two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains.
December 15, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
One by one, hour after hour Saturday in a ballroom at Cal State Los Angeles, residents, elected officials and activists from southeast Los Angeles pleaded with an air district hearing board to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people because of unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. "I'm a mother, asking you, please, do something," said Sandra Martinez. "I go days without sleeping, worrying about my child dying in his sleep from asthma.
April 22, 2014 | By Christine Mai-Duc
The beleaguered operator of a Vernon battery-recycling plant announced the temporary layoffs of nearly all of its employees Monday, weeks after air-quality regulators shut down its operations over air pollution concerns. Exide Technologies said in a statement that it had issued notices to 104 hourly employees and 20 managers at the facility that they could be laid off within 60 days. The plant, which has been a source of community outrage since regulators announced last year that its arsenic emissions posed a danger to more than 100,000 people, has been idle since last month.
January 2, 2009
Re "Drink up -- assuming you like arsenic, that is," Dec. 29 Poisoning prisoners with drinking water laden with arsenic is unconscionable, inhumane and, considering the potential deferred health costs and civil liability, economic suicide for the state. Worse perhaps is selective poisoning by gender. At the California Institution for Women in Chino, the state spends $480,000 a year for bottled water, while at the nearby California Institution for Men, inmates drink contaminated water.
May 2, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
A 78-year-old parishioner who died after drinking arsenic-laced coffee at a church gathering was deliberately killed, state police said. Police spokesman Steve McCausland said the arsenic that killed Walter Morrill and left more than a dozen others sick was in the coffee they all drank at a Lutheran church in New Sweden, about 300 miles north of Portland.
July 18, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
Officials Tuesday reopened a Hawaiian Gardens water well that had been closed for eight years because of the presence of manganese and arsenic. The Juan Well Arsenic Water Treatment Facility was dedicated by the Hawaiian Gardens City Council and representatives from the Southern California Water Co. and Central Basin Municipal Water District.
March 30, 2009 | TMIES WIRE REPORTS
Thirteen officials in central China have been punished after a chemical company contaminated a river with arsenic, state media reported. A local court sentenced Liu Gaili, a former environmental protection bureau official, to two years in jail, the official New China News Agency said, quoting the Shangqiu city government in Henan province. The report said 12 other officials were either sacked or given administrative punishments. The officials were punished after a section of the Dasha river was found contaminated by arsenic in August.
July 7, 1987 | MICHAEL BLUMFIELD, Times Staff Writer
The Labor Department on Monday fined Chrysler Corp. a record $1.5 million for health and safety violations at a Delaware automobile assembly plant after dangerously high levels of arsenic and lead were found in the air at the site. The department's Occupational Health and Safety Administration said 811 job safety violations were found in January at the Newark, Del., plant, three-fourths of which were considered serious or willful. OSHA Administrator John A.
April 27, 2003
When May 3 rolls around it will be "a full 18 months before the presidential election" ("Political Reality Television," editorial, April 22). By the time we get to the actual election, Iraq will be old news and the nation will be focused on other things, like the tanking economy, ballooning deficits and arsenic in the drinking water. The Bushies will have to do some very fancy dancing on TV to get around those embarrassments. The Democrats' call may very well be, "It's not the war, it's the economy, stupid!"
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