State Agency Takes Further Steps In Exide Cleanup Efforts For Local Schools
The Department of Toxic Substance Control has collected more samples and recommended setting up temporary fencing to protect the children attending the schools.
More Soil Tests For Lead-Tainted Schools Near Exide
Kids returning to school Tuesday at four LAUSD campuses were met with temporary fencing around some grass and dirt areas to keep them from walking through or playing on lead-tainted soil. KPCC reported in July that over the past two years, the state Department of Toxic Substances Control has found elevated levels of lead at five L.A. Unified schools near the old Exide lead battery recycling plant in Vernon. Until now, the agency hasn’t removed the contaminated soil. Last week, Toxic Substances Control took another step: It collected additional soil samples from four of the schools: Lorena Street Elementary School, Rowan Elementary School and Eastman Avenue Elementary School in Boyle Heights; and Fishburn Avenue Elementary School in Maywood. (Agullera, 8/16)