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October 3, 2013 | By Jerry Hirsch
Shares of electric car company Tesla Motors continued to fall Thursday after pictures and video of a mysterious Tesla Model S fire circulated on the Internet. The fire raised concern the popular luxury car -- Tesla is selling all it can make -- might have some sort of flaw with its lithium-ion battery system that could be costly to fix or would spook potential buyers. “While car fires are typically not newsworthy, we expect this incident to gain heightened scrutiny as NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
Even after being forced to cut production last month because of high lead emissions, a Vernon battery recycler has continued to violate limits on releases of the potent neurotoxin, regulators said Wednesday. A monitor on the north side of Exide Technologies' sprawling plant near the Los Angeles River registered emissions in violation of the South Coast Air Quality Management District's requirements for airborne lead Sept. 18, air district Executive Officer Barry Wallerstein said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
Air quality regulators have ordered the embattled Vernon battery recycler Exide Technologies to cut production after an air monitor revealed lead emissions had exceeded health standards over a 30-day period. The excessive lead emissions occurred even as elected officials and community members across southeast Los Angeles have been calling for the plant's closure amid an outcry over high arsenic emissions. Last week, in an unprecedented move, state and Los Angeles County officials unveiled a plan to make blood tests for lead available to a quarter of a million people who might be affected by the emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 12, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison and Alan Zarembo
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will offer free blood testing on a massive scale for lead poisoning to address worries that a Vernon battery recycler has jeopardized the health of hundreds of thousands of residents in southeast Los Angeles, officials said Thursday. The effort, which is likely to stretch from Boyle Heights to Huntington Park, comes amid rising fears about emissions and leaks from the Exide Technologies facility. Surrounded by dense immigrant and working-class neighborhoods, it is one of the largest such plants in the country.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
Elected officials from cities across southeast Los Angeles County pledged Monday evening to marshal their political power to sway regulators to shut down a Vernon battery recycler that residents fear is harming their health because of arsenic and lead emissions. "The solution ... is right here in this room," Huntington Park Councilwoman Karina Macias told a packed meeting hall at Resurrection Catholic Church in Boyle Heights. "More marches. More meetings like this one. " The crowd, including several children and a woman costumed in a hazmat suit, cheered their approval.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 5, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
More than 250,000 people living in a broad swath of eastern Los Angeles, Boyle Heights, Huntington Park and other southeast cities face a "chronic hazard" from exposure to arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, according to air district officials. Toxic emissions from the Exide Technologies plant have the potential to create "neurological changes, specifically a decrease in intellectual function in children," said Jean Ospital, health effects officer for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 4, 2013 | By Adolfo Flores
A blast early Wednesday at a Santa Ana hardware story that investigator initially suspected was caused by a pipe bomb is now being blamed on a battery that exploded. Authorities "determined it was some type of battery; how it exploded we don't know," said Cpl. Anthony Bertagna of the Santa Ana Police Department. "Why it was there we don't know," he added. The explosion at Orchard Supply Hardware at 1975 E. 17th St. occurred at about 9 a.m., Bertagna said. Authorities initially feared that a pipe bomb might have detonated.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil at properties in the neighborhoods around its plant to see if dangerous substances have gathered there and are posing a health risk to the community, officials announced Tuesday. The order comes a few months after the state Department of Toxic Substances Control was thwarted in its effort to temporarily shutter the Exide Technologies plant on the grounds that it posed "an unacceptable risk to public health.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
State officials have ordered a Vernon battery recycler to begin testing dust and soil in the neighborhood around its plant to determine whether dangerous metals have accumulated and are posing a health risk to the community. In April, the state tried to close the Exide Technologies facility, after an analysis released by the South Coast Air Quality Management District showed that arsenic emissions from the plant were posing an increased cancer risk to as many as 110,000 people in Boyle Heights, Maywood, Huntington Park and other places.
BUSINESS
August 11, 2013 | By Jessica Naziri
"My phone is about to die. " Thanks to my job, this harrowing low-battery experience is something I am used to and always prepared for. I take my charger with me everywhere I go and keep an extra one at work. Yes, our smartphones are "smart" and enable us to video-chat, play games, take pictures and navigate the world. Unfortunately, battery life has yet to catch up with the rest of the technology. If you also have trouble making it through the day without charging up, you can do the basic tricks such as reducing screen brightness and disabling Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
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