Industrial Contamination Plagues Maywood Residents: ‘We’re Living In A Ticking Time Bomb’
The community in Southeast Los Angeles County is bordered on all sides by industry, including rail yards, plastics manufacturers, gas companies and, perhaps most well-known, Exide Technologies, and residents are fearful it is endangering their health.
Los Angeles Times:
Maywood Residents Worry About Health Hazards Posed By Nearby Industries
Yesenia Jaramillo, her husband and their three children were delighted when they moved into the house on East 52nd Street in Maywood in 2009. ... There was only one catch: directly behind the house was a scrap metal recycling facility, Panda International Trading Co. ... "I feared every day that something could happen,” she said. “I told my husband we’re living in a ticking time bomb here, and we need to move as soon as possible.” (Agrawal, 6/19)
Meanwhile, the Porter Ranch cleanup is about to wrap up —
SoCal Gas Wrapping Up Its Court-Ordered Cleaning Of Porter Ranch Homes
Southern California Gas Co. says it's just about finished with the cleanup of homes in Porter Ranch, meaning the last of several thousand households displaced by the massive natural gas blowout at the Aliso Canyon storage facility will soon be returning home. ... Many worried that their properties still contained contaminants spread by the leak that continued for nearly four months before crews sealed the well on Feb. 18. The invisible stew of chemicals that spewed from the well are believed to have caused headaches, dizziness, bloody noses, nausea and other health problems. (O'Neill, 6/17)