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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison
Air district officials filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking up to $40 million from a Vernon battery recycler accused of posing a health risk for emitting too much lead and arsenic. The South Coast Air Quality Management District sued Exide Technologies in Los Angeles County Superior Court, accusing the company - one of the world's largest manufacturers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries - of exposing tens of thousands of people to cancer-causing chemicals and failing to take timely action to address problems with pollution control systems.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2014 | By Jessica Garrison and Kim Christensen
A Vernon battery recycler has once again exceeded South Coast Air Quality Management District lead limits, officials said Thursday. Officials at Exide Technologies, one of the world's leading makers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, told air district officials Wednesday evening that an air monitor had picked up elevated lead readings late last week. The plant cut production starting Thursday morning. The latest problems with lead, the third such violation in the last 12 months, come as Exide is fighting an attempt by air district officials to temporarily shut down the plant until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate to control toxic emissions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 19, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer and Ruben Vives
In an effort to deter recycling fraud, state officials Thursday announced new daily limits on the number of bottles and cans an individual can redeem at recycling centers. The regulations, which take effect Jan. 1, are part of the state's effort to stop beverage container recycling fraud , including cases where scofflaws drive trucks of cans from Arizona to recycle them in California where they can get money for them. Fraud is draining the state's $1.1-billion recycling fund “They'll have to take a lot more trips to recycling centers, which only increases the chances CalRecycle or our partners in law enforcement will catch them,” said CalRecycle Director Caroll Mortensen in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
Amid an outcry over arsenic emissions from a Vernon battery recycler, the South Coast Air Quality Management District is now raising concerns about emissions from the other battery recycler in Southern California. Officials with the air district earlier this month ordered City of Industry-based Quemetco, one of two battery recyclers west of the Rocky Mountains, to perform a health risk study of its operations after a source test in November showed elevated arsenic emissions. The issue at Quemetco comes amid a fierce public outcry over emissions from Exide Technologies in Vernon.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
The state Department of Toxic Substances Control has issued an emergency order directing a Vernon battery recycler to clean up lead and other metals that have been deposited near the Exide Technologies plant. In a letter released Wednesday, the agency said dust and soil samples with metals in concentrations at or near hazardous waste levels have been found near the facility and must be cleaned up by Jan. 31. The order is urgent, the agency wrote, because winter rains could wash the metals into the Los Angeles River.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2013 | By Jessica Garrison
A hearing board for the South Coast Air Quality Management District is set to hold the first of several hearings Saturday on its petition to shut down a Vernon battery recycler accused of endangering hundreds of thousands of people from unsafe arsenic and lead emissions. In October, the air district asked an independent administrative law panel for an order to halt lead smelting operations at Exide Technologies "until its air pollution control systems are improved and deemed adequate" to control toxic emissions.
NEWS
December 11, 2013 | By S. Irene Virbila
For the oenophile who snatches up everything made from reclaimed barrels - light fixtures, chandeliers, tables, outdoor lounge chairs, platters, candelabras, key chains, rocking horses, lazy susans, bottle holders, bread boards, coat hooks  - here's something he or she probably doesn't have yet. Sunglasses made from reclaimed oak wine barrels. And not just any wine barrels, but those once used for Robert Mondavi Private Selection wines. Talk about provenance. Actually, the barrels under discussion were used to age the Coastal Crush Red blend.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
With a show called "Kirstie," it would be easy to dwell on TV Land's "Pet Sematary"-like attempt to resurrect the career of sitcom star Kirstie Alley, not to mention Rhea Perlman and Michael Richards. But here is what matters about the new half-hour comedy: It revolves around a Broadway diva. A Broadway diva! As in a woman who has made a career starring in hit Broadway plays, a feat that was becoming rare even when Bette Davis played Margo Channing. Who is this Madison "Maddie" Banks that Alley is playing?
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