VERNON, CA -- (Marketwired) -- Jun 01, 2013 -- A broad coalition of residents, factory workers and community leaders are asking public agencies to put the health of local communities, and families, before Exide's bottom line.
"These hearings are an opportunity for the public to share their stories with the media and public officials who will also be in attendance," said Bell Gardens City Councilman Daniel Crespo who is working to ensure that the voices of ordinary citizens are heard.
The meetings will be held at different locations and times throughout the area, with one of the largest anticipated turnouts to be at Resurrection Church in Boyle Heights on June 4th, which begins at 6 pm. (See full schedule of meetings below)
Recent news reports confirm that environmental regulatory agencies have allowed Exide to operate its lead facility for decades without putting in adequate pollution controls and without cleaning up its toxic waste mess.
"Exide needs to clean up its act, stop the toxic air pollution from its plant, and clean up contaminated soil and groundwater before they are allowed to reopen the Vernon facility. If Exide cannot or will not comply with the law, it should not be allowed to re-open the Vernon plant, or continue operations there," said Hector Chacon, a member of the Montebello Unified School District Board of Education.
According to both agency and media accounts the battery recycling plant has been operating under a "temporary" DTSC permit for the past 32 years and is the only facility of its kind left in the state that has not been fully permitted. Only under tremendous pressure from local elected officials, Assembly Speaker Perez and others was Exide finally ordered to temporarily cease operations at the facility until the problems are fixed.
Official Hearing and Background Information:
South Coast Air Quality Management District
Official Hearing Information: Department of Toxic Substances Control
Bell Gardens Councilman Daniel CrespoP: (562) 882 5802